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Today in Soap Opera History (July 24)

1981: Another World's Hanna and Lenny held Jamie at gunpoint.

1986: As the World Turns celebrated patriarch Chris Hughes.

1992: Reba McEntire guest-starred on One Life to Live.

1997: Oltl's Patrick threatened Todd with a pitchfork."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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1933: The Romance of Helen Trent premiered regionally in Chicago. The show began airing on the CBS Radio network that October and remained on the air until June 24, 1960. During its 27-year run, three actresses played Helen--Virginia Clark and Betty Ruth Smith in Chicago, and later Julie Stevens in New York.

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