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Today in Soap Opera History (March 21)

1979: Guiding Light's Jackie wanted Alan to keep her secret.

1980: J.R. Ewing was shot on the third season finale of Dallas.

2005: Amelia Heinle debuted as Victoria on Young and the Restless.

2011: Jake Spencer died on General Hospital."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent 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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1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Irene wanted to visit her son, Keith Barron (John Sylvester White), who was in critical condition at the hospital. But her husband, Victor (Cliff Hall), felt that Irene had better not see Keith just yet.

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