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Today in Soap Opera History (April 18)

1961: As the World Turns Lisa clashed with Ellen.

1967: Jonathan Frid debuted as Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows.

1990: General Hospital's Robin tried to save Casey.

1991: Another World's Jake wanted another chance with Marley."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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1961: On As the World Turns, Lisa Hughes (Eileen Fulton) told her in-laws, Chris (Don MacLaughlin) and Nancy (Helen Wagner), she was convinced they were having a boy. Lisa told Chris she would love to name the baby after him. Later, Lisa complained to Penny (Rosemary Prinz

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