Today in Soap Opera History (July 7)

"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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1947: On Lora Lawton, Lora (Jan Miner) continued to worry about Peter. The Frank and Anne Hummert radio soap opera ran from 1943 to 1950 on NBC.

1954: On Portia Faces Life, Portia (Frances Reid) was busy taking non-stop phone calls.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Bill Malloy (Frank Schofield), manager of the Collins Fishing Fleet, warned Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) that Burke wanted to take everything the Collins family owned.

1971: On Another World, when Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) returned to Bay City, Steve (George Reinholt) was
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