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Today in Soap Opera History (January 1)

1951: Radio soap opera The Archers premiered. It continues to run to this day.

1968: Dark Shadows' Jeremiah tried to bury Angelique alive.

1981: Knots Landing's Diana and Karen "Put on a Happy Face".

1982: Miss Ellie received tragic news on Dallas."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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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1951: British radio soap opera The Archers premiered. The show was created by Godfrey Baseley, and originally billed as "an everyday story of country folk."

The opening line was by Dan Archer who said: "And a happy New Year to all!

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