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Today in Soap Opera History (January 2)

1962: Our Five Daughters premiered on NBC.

1968: Dark Shadows' Angelique dug her way of Jeremiah's grave.

1980: Atwt's Barbara was keeping a big secret.

2004: Rebecca and Julian were married on Passions."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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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1959: CBS Radio aired the final episode of Bakcstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble, a girl from a small town in Iowa who came to New York seeking her future. The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert and premiered August 5, 1935 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Claire Niesen played the role of Mary from the early 1940s until the end of its run.

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