Today in Soap Opera History (December 14)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas faced off with Jeremiah.

1979: Atwt's Bob and Lisa made Christmas Eve plans.

1979: Eon's Deborah was kidnapped. 2000: Vicky McKinnon

appeared as a ghost during a séance on Atwt."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.

On this date in...

1949: On radio soap opera The Guiding Light, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.

1967: On Dark Shadows, in a duel, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) shot his uncle, Jeremiah (Anthony George).

1979: On As the World Turns, Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) made a Christmas Eve date with his ex-wife,
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