Today in Soap Opera History (January 21)

1980: As the World Turns' Wade Bookstore caught on fire.

1988: Another World's Mary and Jason were caught in an explosion.

1988: General Hospital's Anna was held hostage.

1997: Sunset Beach's Annie held a gun on Ben."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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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1966: On Another World, an argument between John and Lee led to a devastating car crash.

1967: Actress Ann Sheridan died at age 51. She played Kathryn Corning in Another World.

1972: On The Edge of Night, Kate Sloan (Jan Farrand) told Cookie Pollock (Fran Sharon) that
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