Today in Soap Opera History (October 29)

1981: James Reynolds debuted as Abe on Days of our Lives.

1993: Luke & Laura returned to General Hospital, with Lucky!

1996: Guiding Light's Annie vowed to get clean.

2007: Jack Branning arrived in EastEnders' Albert Square."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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1965: The Days of our Lives pilot was re-shot with Frances Reid replacing Mary Jackson as Alice Horton.

1965: On Another World, Tony Douglas (Alex Canaan) was unhappy with Alice Matthews' (Jacqueline Courtney) timid attitude about intimacy.

1969: NBC aired the 1,000th episode of Days of our Lives.

1979: On As the World Turns, the
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