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Today in Soap Opera History (May 8)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas bared his fangs (upside down).

1981: The art auction began on General Hospital.

1987: Days of our Lives' Harper arrived in Salem.

2008: Noelle Beck debuted as the new Lily on As the World Turns."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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1959: CBS aired the 2,000th episode of Search for Tomorrow. The network released a celebratory photo with the following caption: "Mary Stuart, who for nearly eight years has played the stellar role of Joanne Tate on the program, shows off a

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