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Today in Soap Opera History (December 8)

1953: Valiant Lady's Helen dished about her new pilot friend.

1981: Roman Brady first appeared on Days of our Lives.

1998: Oltl's Viki was not happy with Clint's plan.

1988: Gh's Alan was in jail."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

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"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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1953: On Valiant Lady, Helen (Nancy Coleman) told Jane (Helen Wagner) about her experience with her new pilot friend, Capt. Chris Kendall. Said Jane: "That's a pilot for you...here today, gone today. But at least he was attentive while it lasted."

1975: On The Edge of Night,

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