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Today in Soap Opera History (November 5)

1985: Santa Barbara's Eden broke off her engagement to Cruz.

1985: DJ agreed to do a favor for Ryan on Ryan's Hope.

1990: Maxie Jones was born on General Hospital.

1998: Bethany Joy Lenz debuted as Michelle on Guiding Light."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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1945: On radio soap opera Doctor Paul, "radio's wonderful story of adult love," Victoria reflected on how she once knew Dr. Paul (Russell Thorson) after taking an old photograph Dr. Paul when he was a child.

1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) received a telephone call from an Arizona

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