Today in Soap Opera History (June 21)

1976: Deidre Hall debuted on Days of our Lives.

1984: Guiding Light's Billy was out to destroy Reva.

1993: Days' Lucas and Sami went on their first date.

All My Children's Erica got emotional with her friends."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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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1952: The first television version of One Man's Family aired for the final time. The once-a-week primetime take-off of the popular radio soap opera was
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