Today in Soap Opera History (September 12)

1966: Days of our Lives' Tony prepared to leave town.

1985: General Hospital's Josh Clayton was killed.

1994: One Life to Live's paralyzed Luna took her first steps.

1994: All My Children's Hayley and Alec plotted revenge."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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1966: On Days of our Lives, Tony Merritt (Richard Colla) told Marie Horton (Maree Cheatham) he was leaving Salem.

1966: On Dark Shadows, news of Bill Malloy's death spread around Collinsport.

1966: On the Season 3 premiere of Peyton Place, Chris Webber (Gary Haynes) was
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