Today in Soap Opera History (August 14)

1945: As word spread about the end of World War II, listeners were glued to the radio for updates."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

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1945: President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies (World War II). Thousands thronged into the streets throughout the United States to celebrate V-j Day. The official ratification of the surrender didn’t take place until September 2, in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.

1945: On Pepper Young's Family, Harry, Betty, Pepper (Mason Adams) and Mrs. Green discussed Harry and Betty's upcoming marriage.
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