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Today in Soap Opera History (July 26)

On this date in...

1938: YOUNG WIDDER BROWN, from Frank and Anne Hummert, premiered on NBC Radio. The show told the story of young Ellen, a 30 year old mother, who struggles to raise her children without the small town mentality that came with living in Simpsonsville.

1976: Both ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL expanded to 45 minutes. GH debuted a new theme song, "Autumn Breeze," as well.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Kathryn Hays (ex-Kim, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Leslie, GUIDING LIGHT) - 78
Francia Raisa (Adrian, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) - 23
Taylor Momsen (Jenny, GOSSIP GIRL) - 18

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