Today in Soap Opera History (September 19)

1979: Word of Dan Stewart's death spread on As the World Turns.

1984: Days of our Lives' Eugene had a vibe about a plane crash.

1988: Guiding Light's Harley dreamed about the good life.

2008: Lisa Locicero debuted as Olivia on General Hospital."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1948: The Associated Press published a story about the role television might play in the soap opera. Below is an excerpt:

Some uncertainties in the situation were outlined by Adrian Samish, youthful president of Show Productions, Inc. The firm is the producing subsidiary of the Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample agency,
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