Today in Soap Opera History (July 31)

1984: Charles Shaughnessy debuted as Shane Donovan on Days.

1990: Another World's Frankie and Cass married.

2003: Guiding Light's Ben Reade died.

2008: Molly Burnett made her first appearance as Melanie on Days."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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1967: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) admitted to Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she had kissed Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) in the park before he left Bay City.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Julia hypnotized Maggie, who then forgot everything that happened while she was missing.

1979: On Another World,
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