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Today in Soap Opera History (November 8)

1965: Days of our Lives premiered on NBC."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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1965: On Another World, Bill (Joseph Gallison) pressed Missy (Carol Roux) to marry him while they were at the Kopper Kettle, but she declined.

1965: On Peyton Place, after the interrogation of Kim, Stella (Lee Grant) was called to the witness stand.

1965: NBC aired the very first episode of Days of our Lives, created by Ted Corday, Betty Corday and Irna Phillips, starring Macdonald Carey and Frances Reid as Tom and Alice Horton.

Read "The Complete Story of Days" from 1965 to 1973 here.

1966: On The Edge of Night,

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