|1982: J.R. Ewing did not want his father's will to be read on Dallas. |
1985: Santa Barbara's Carnation Killer murdered Veronica.
1992: All My Children's Hayley wanted her freedom.
2008: Billy Magnussen debuted on As the World Turns.
― 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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1945: Procter & Gamble bought Spic and Span for $1.9 million. It would later become one of the sponsors for P&G soaps for decades (most notably SEARCH FOR TOMORROW).
1965: Actor John Larkin died at age 52. He starred as the original Mike Karr in THE EDGE OF NIGHT (pictured here celebrating the show's 1,000th episode) and was the first Frank Dana on THE ROAD OF LIFE. He was also the voice of Perry Mason in the radio version of the show.