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Today in Soap Opera History (August 18)

1980: Edge of Night's Draper saw himself in the newspaper.

1980: General Hospital's Monica goaded Lesley into a slap.

1981: Guiding Light's Morgan and Kelly married at Laurel Falls.

1988: As the World Turns' Hank came out to Iva."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1899: Actress and writer Bess Flynn was born. She was on the writing team of Irna Phillips' Painted Dreams, the first ever daytime soap opera in 1930. Both Flynn and Phillips played the role of Mother Moynihan. Flynn went on to wrote for three other soaps: We The Abbotts, Bachelor's Children and Martha Webster

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