1979: Alice Horton performed in a hospital benefit on Days.
1983: Gh's Edward learned Jimmy Lee was his son.
1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel learned Dominic's identify."History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins
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1954: Daytime soap opera The Brighter Day premiered on CBS-tv. Set in New Hope, Wisconsin, the series revolved around Reverend Richard Dennis (Blair Davies) and his four children: Althea (Brook Byron), Patsy (Lois Nettleton), Babby (Mary Linn Beller) and Grayling (Hal Holbrook). The Brighter Day was based on Irna Phillips' NBC Radio serial of the same name that premiered