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Key Events In Fred Rogers' Life

-- March 20, 1928: Fred Rogers is born in Latrobe, Pa.

-- 1954: Rogers introduces "The Children's Corner," a children's show in Pittsburgh where he works as an unseen puppeteer.

-- February 1968: "Misterrogers" begins broadcasting.

-- 1985-86: Ratings peak for "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," as 8 percent of all U.S. households tune in.

-- 1991: During the Persian Gulf War, Rogers tells youngsters, "All children shall be well taken care of in this neighborhood and beyond -- in times of war and in times of peace," and asks parents to promise their children they will always be safe.

-- 1993: At a ceremony marking the show's 25th anniversary, Rogers says, "It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside."

-- December 2000: Rogers tapes the show's final episode.

-- August 2001: Final episode airs.

-- September 2002: Rogers comes out of broadcasting retirement to record public service announcements telling parents how to help their children deal with the Sept. 11 attacks anniversary.

-- Feb. 27, 2003: Rogers dies of stomach cancer.