Today in Soap Opera History (July 3)

1967: The widows called Dark Shadows' Elizabeth. 1987: Guiding

Light's Lacey & Cam left the Bauer Barbecue via hot air balloon.

2008: Cyndi Lauper visited As the World Turns' Oakdale.

2013: Theresa returned to Days of our Lives' Salem."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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1939: Radio soap opera The Man I Married premiered on NBC Radio. Van Heflin starred as Adam Waring.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) heard the voices of the widows calling to her.

1969: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser) tried to convince Russ
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