|1968: Dark Shadows' Barnabas was not happy Ben did not drive a stake|
through his heart. 1980: Edge of Night's Margo tried to speak with Aprl.
1997: Sunset Beach's Ben discovered Annie's body in jail.
2011: GH's Michael confessed he was raped in prison.
― Oliver Wendell Holmes
"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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1949: Irna Phillips' These Are My Children premiered on NBC. It was the first major network television soap opera. It ran weekdays at 5 p.m. until it went off the air just weeks later, on February 25.
1967: On Another World, Mary (Virginia Dwyer) and Jim (Shepperd Strudwick) were relieved knowing [The Guiding Light's] Mike Bauer got on a plane and left Bay City.
1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) was furious to awaken again as a vampire. Ben (Thayer David) had promised to drive a stake through Barnabas' heart, but couldn't go through with it. Ben explained that he was prevented by the witch, Angelique (Lara Parker), from keeping his word.