Today in Soap Opera History (May 31)

1968: Dark Shadows' Adam jumped from Widows' Hill.

1984: Steve and Betsy were married on As the World Turns.

1984: Y&R's Nikki wanted to track down Victor's mother.

1996: "Clink, Boom!" on General Hospital."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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1943: Radio soap opera Lora Lawton debuted on NBC Radio. Joan Tompkins starred as Lora, housekeeper to important, dynamic shipbuilder Peter Carver. Lora would later marry Peter.
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