Today in Soap Opera History (October 30)

1933: The Romance of Helen Trent premiered.

1987: Matthew Ashford debuted as Jack on Days of our Lives.

1985: Guiding Light's Reva almost ran into Josh at Cedars.

2008: All My Children's Reese and Miranda surprised Bianca."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1933: The Romance of Helen Trent debuted over CBS Radio. The show aired 7,222 episodes during its run until June 24, 1960. Created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Anne Hummert, Helen Trent was conceived as the epitome of virtue in a world where behavior was usually judged in black-and-white terms. Helen Trent never smoked, drank, or
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