1987: General Hospital's Duke and Anna were married.
1994: All My Children's Edmund faced the press.
1998: The Young and the Restless' Sharon was hit by a car."The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron
"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.
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1930: The soap opera was born! Irna Phillips’ radio soap Painted Dreams premiered on Wgn Radio in Chicago. The show is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the very first soap opera. The show ran on Wgn and later CBS Radio until July 1943.
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