Today in Soap Opera History (December 4)

1950: The First Hundred Years premiered.

1981: Falcon Crest premiered.

2000: Port Charles kicked off the "Fate" arc.

2009: Venice premiered."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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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1933: After its August 14 debut on local station Wlw in Cincinnati, radio soap opera Ma Perkins graduated to the NBC Red network in the 3 p.m. Et timeslot. The show was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, the prolific team responsible for numerous radio dramas including Just Plain Bill, Backstage Wife and Young Widder Brown.

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