Today in Soap Opera History (July 8)

1966: Dark Shadows' Burke gave Carolyn false info on his return.

1991: Another World's Cass saved Kathleen, then took her on a caper.

1992: Aaron Spelling primetime soap Melrose Place premiered.

2002: Days of our Lives' Gemini Twins were rescued."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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1935: Radio soap opera Girl Alone premiered. Betty Winkler starred as Patricia Rogers. The cast included future Days of our Lives patriarch Macdonald Carey.

1949: The radio version of The Brighter Day, which premiered on October 11, 1948, aired on NBC for the final time.
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