Today in Soap Opera History (January 17)

1975: The Doctor's Carolee made a decision.

1980: Dee and Ian arrived in Italy on As the World Turns.

1988: Australian soap opera Home and Away premiered.

2007: General Hospital's Elizabeth made a confession."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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.

On this date in...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) called Willy and asked him to put two investigators on Toni for protection.

1966: Charles Baxter debuted as attorney Fred Douglas on Another World.

1967: On Peyton Place, Lee Webber (Stephen Oliver) taunted Chris (Gary Haynes) at Ada's tavern.
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