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Today in Soap Opera History (April 16)

1979: Guiding Light's Roger blackmailed Alan.

1984: Days of our Lives' Anna found Tony in a secret room.

1987: Calliope's dog Martha married Reg on Days.

1993: All My Children's Kendall revealed Erica was her mother."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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1945: NBC Radio premiered radio soap opera Barry Cameron. Spencer Bentley starred as Barry Cameron, a veteran returning from three years of war. Richard Leonard

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