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Today in Soap Opera History (September 4)

1987: Santa Barbara.'s Cruz went to Summerfest with Eden.

1992: Gl's Alan-Michael switched out Eleni's birth control pills.

2009: One Life to Live's Nora slapped Tea in court.

2009: General Hospital's carnival began."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1969: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) told Magda Rakosi (Grayson Hall) what would happen when he used the rods--his body would remain while his spirit traveled into the future. He told her to go to Collinwood and warn Quentin to leave.

1970: On Another World, Pat and John Randolphs's twins, Michael and Marianne Randolph, were born.

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