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Today in Soap Opera History (June 24)

1966: Final episode of ABC's Never Too Young. 1983: Guiding

Light's Nola & Quint were married. 1987: As the World Turns'

Iva blurted out the truth about Lily. 1999: A gorilla plotted

to interrupt Cass & Lila's wedding on Another World."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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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1946: Procter & Gamble radio soap opera Life Can Be Beautiful moved to the 3 p.m. Et timeslot on the NBC Radio network.
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David Watson, Who Played Cornelius in 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes,' Dies at 74

David Watson, who stepped in for Roddy McDowall to portray the chimpanzee archeologist Cornelius in the 1970 film Beneath the Planet of the Apes, has died. He was 74. The British actor died on Oct. 5 following a heart attack in New York, where he had been attending the opening night of the Broadway play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the U.K. newspaper The Stage reported. McDowall played Cornelius in the original Planet of the Apes (1969) as well as in Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) and Battle for the Planet

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A "Planet of the Apes" primer

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This Friday sees the release of the first "Planet of the Apes" film in a decade, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" starring James Franco. We'll have our review of the film up on Friday, but to help set the mood, here is a revised and updated version of a feature we first brought you in 2008 on the 40th anniversary of the original "Planet of the Apes." Below you'll find a guide to all six previous movies, with synopses, spoilers, continuity errors, and a celebration of all the high-minded social commentary and low-brow schlocky ape masks that make the "Apes" films one of the most satisfying of all sci-fi franchises.

Please note: Most "Planet of the Apes" films have a "shocking" twist that everyone at this point already knows. However, if you have somehow extricated yourself from forty years of pop culture references, by all means be wary of Spoilers ahead.
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