1985: Santa Barbara's C.C. collapsed before signing divorce papers.
1989: Guiding Light's Rick proposed to Meredith.
1997: Another World's Kirkland faced an oncoming car."The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron
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1964: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) had an abortion. This was the first abortion story told in television history. Irna Phillips and William J. Bell were the writers.
We Love Soaps received a message from Ms. Trustman earlier this year: "Yes, I am, indeed, alive and well and live in Los Angeles with my husband, film and TV producer,