Today in Soap Opera History (August 8)

1984: Guiding Light's Darcy held Beth and Alexandra hostage.

1984: Santa Barbara's Jade was upset when her brother was called "Killer Perkins".

1985: Mike Horton arrived in Salem on Days of our Lives.

1994: General Hospital's Lulu was born."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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1968: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) convinced his daughter, Lee (Barbara Rodell), that he still loved her.

1973: On The Doctors, Dr. Mike Powers (Peter Burnell) continued to pop pills before picking up Penny Davis (Julia Duffy) so they could go watch the eclipse.
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