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Today in Soap Opera History (September 5)

1960: Search for Tomorrow's Alison dealt with her mother-in-law.

1980: General Hospital's Monica faced a divorce decision.

1989: As the World Turns Paul shot his father, James Stenbeck.

2008: Hollyoaks' John Paul found Kieron's body."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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1938: Radio soap opera Life Can Be Beautiful premiered on CBS, starting a successful 16-year run. Life Can Be Beautiful quickly became known to radio insiders by its initials, and widely referred to as "Elsie Beebe." It was the story of Carol Conrad, a disadvantaged child who--still in her teens--ran into the Slightly Read Bookshop seeking shelter and

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