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1981

The big­gest drama on TV was Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, a day­time soap opera grab­bing 14 mil­lion view­ers ev­ery week­day af­ter­noon. That’s 4 mil­lion more than watched HBO’S big­gest hit, Game of Thrones, once a week for six weeks in 2017. “So­ci­ol­o­gists an­a­lyze it; col­lege stu­dents rhap­sodize over it,” Newsweek de­clared of the soap’s suc­cess, driven by “su­per cou­ple” Luke (An­thony Geary) and Laura (Ge­nie Fran­cis)—a re­la­tion­ship that be­gan, dis­turbingly, with a drunken rape scene. (Ac­cord­ing to the story, women some­times greeted Geary with cries of “Rape me, Luke!”) Later that year, 30 mil­lion would watch their wed­ding.

1949

The di­vinely in­spired Elsa Schi­a­par­elli— fa­mous for, among other things, de­sign­ing a hat in the shape of an up­turned shoe— was Coco Chanel’s chief ri­val in Paris when Newsweek celeer­ated her ɿrst U S, col­lec­tion She ţis a ɿ[ture in what is called in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety,” we ob­served, a stra­tum ţnot noted for the Nind­ness of its gos­sip ” Or its loy­alty Five years later, her cou­ture house had closed

1972

It was, ac­cord­ing to the maga]ine, a ţre­marn­able phe­nom­e­non in the world of show bi] ” Celebri­ties were lin­ing up to bacn a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Ge­orge 0cgov­ern, in the elec­tion, and Shirley 0aclaine was lead­ing the charge ţi’d rather have a can­di­date who mum­bles than a can­di­date who mur­ders,” she said of in­cum­bent Richard Ni[on, who won

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