Today in Soap Opera History (May 26)

1980: Days of our Lives' Marlena was devastated when her son died.

1986: Santa Barbara's Eden faced off with a shark.

1989: As the World Turns' Lily tried to leave Montega.

2004: Days' Marlena was overjoyed to find Abe alive."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent 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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1941: NBC Radio soap opera Buck Private and His Girl premiered. The series ran for three months.

1948: On radio soap Claudia, Claudia was late for her train.

1964: On Another World, tempers flared between Liz (Audra Lindley) and Janet (Liza Chapman).

1971: On The Doctors,
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