Today in Soap Opera History (May 3)

1974: Another World aired a one-hour special.

1983: Peter Reckell debuted on Days of our Lives.

1991: The Dallas series finale aired on CBS.

2013: Jeanne Cooper's final Y&R scene aired."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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1968: On The Doctors, Ralph Anderson (Al Hinckley) held Matt (James Pritchett), Althea (Elizabeth Hubbard) and Nick (Gerald Gordon) hostage in Matt's office. As Maggie (Bethel Leslie) banged on the door, a gunshot went off.

1974: Another World broadcast for one hour for the first time in honor of its 10th anniversary.
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