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As the World Turns

As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from April 2, 1956, to September 17, 2010. Irna Phillips created. Running for 54 years, As the World Turns holds the third-longest continuous run of any daytime network soap opera on American television, surpassed only by General Hospital and Guiding Light; as the World Turns was produced for the first 43 years in Manhattan and in Brooklyn from 2000 until 2010. Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, the show debuted on April 2, 1956, at 1:30 pm EST, airing as a 30-minute serial. Prior to that date, all serials had been 15 minutes in length; as the World Turns and The Edge of Night, which premiered on the same day at 4:30 pm EST, were the first two to be 30 minutes in length from their premiere. At first, viewers were indifferent to the new half-hour serial, but ratings picked up in its second year reaching the top spot in the daytime Nielsen ratings by fall 1958. In 1959, the show started a streak of weekly ratings wins, not interrupted for over 12 years.

The show switched to color on August 21, 1967, expanded from a half-hour in length to one hour starting on December 1, 1975, when The Edge of Night moved to ABC. In the year-to-date ratings, As the World Turns was the most-watched daytime drama from 1958 until 1978, with ten million viewers tuning in each day. At its height, core actors such as Helen Wagner, Don MacLaughlin, Don Hastings, Eileen Fulton became nationally known. Three of these actors – Wagner and Fulton – are the three longest serving actors in the history of American soap operas; the show passed its 10,000th episode on May 12, 1995, celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 2, 2006. On September 18, 2009, As the World Turns became the last remaining Procter & Gamble-produced soap opera for CBS after Guiding Light aired its final episode on the network. On December 8, 2009, CBS announced that it was canceling As the World Turns after a run of 54 years due to low ratings; the show taped its final scenes on June 23, 2010, with a dramatic storyline finale, its final episode on the network aired on September 17, 2010.

On October 18, 2010, CBS replaced. As the World Turns was the creation of Irna Phillips, who beginning in the 1930s, had been one of the foremost creators and writers of radio soap operas; as a writer, Phillips favored character development and psychological realism over melodrama, her previous creations were notable for placing professionals – doctors and clergy – at the center of their storylines. Phillips wrote: "As the world turns, we know the bleakness of winter, the promise of spring, the fullness of summer, the harvest of autumn—the cycle of life is complete."And so it was with As the World Turns, with its slow-moving psychological character studies of families headed by legal and medical professionals. The personal and professional lives of doctors and lawyers remained central to As the World Turns throughout its run, became standard fare on many soap operas. Whereas the 15-minute radio soaps focused on one central, heroic character, the expanded 30-minute format of As the World Turns enabled Phillips to introduce a handful of professionals within the framework of a family saga.

Phillips' style favored gradual evolution over radical change. Slow and intense, the show moved at the pace of life itself – and sometimes more than that; each new addition to the cast was done in a gradual manner, was a key contact to one of the members of the Hughes family. As such, the show earned a reputation as being quite conservative, though the show did showcase a gay male character in 1988. During the show's early decades, the content-related policies of its sponsor Procter & Gamble Productions may have contributed to the perception of conservatism; the soap-manufacturing giant balked at storylines in which adultery and other immoral behavior went unpunished, as late as the 1980s, characters from the primary families were still not allowed to go through with abortions. As the World Turns premiered on April 2, 1956, it was the first television daytime drama with a 30-minute running time. The series was CBS' first to expand to a 60-minute running time in 1975. By 1958, the program was the number-one daytime drama in the United States, where it remained until 1978.

As the World Turns won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series four times, in 1987, 1991, 2001, 2003. The first words spoken in As the World Turns in the first episode were "Good morning, dear," said by the character Nancy Hughes, played by actress Helen Wagner. Wagner was acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest run in a single role on television, a position she held until 2010, she did not play the role without interruption - she was temporarily dropped from the series after the first six months due to conflicts with creator Irna Phillips. Wagner left the series in 1981, when she felt that writers were not interested in the veteran players and returned as a regular character in 1985. On the episode broadcast on Monday, August 30, 2010, it was revealed that Nancy had died in her sleep. Nancy Hughes's memorial aired just two weeks before the series finale; the show's producers stated in interviews that they had to revise their plans for the final episode because of Wagner's death – they had hoped that Wagner would

David Dacko

David Dacko was a Central African politician who served as the 1st President of the Central African Republic from 14 August 1960 to 1 January 1966, 3rd President from 21 September 1979 to 1 September 1981. After his second removal from power in a coup d'état led by General André Kolingba, he pursued an active career as an opposition politician and presidential candidate with many loyal supporters. Dacko was born in the village of Bouchia, near Mbaïki in the Lobaye region, a part of the French Equatorial African territory of Moyen Congo to Joseph Iniabodé and Marie Okolania, his parents belonged to the same ethnic group. A M'Baka, he was a distant cousin of future rival Jean-Bédel Bokassa. Soon after Dacko's birth, his family moved to Boda, where his father worked in a store belonging to a European coffee planter in Bonini named Tancret. In 1937, his father converted to Catholicism, after which he decided to stay married to one wife and sent the others away, including his mother. In 1938, he was sent to live with Jêrome Gaza in Mbaïki.

He began primary school in Mbaiki. He continued his primary education in Bambari before being admitted to the Ecole normale of Mouyoundzi in Moyen, Congo. Studying for a career in teaching, he became schoolmaster of a large primary school in the capital, Bangui in 1951. Dacko took part in an experimental educational program promoted by the French colonial administration. Dacko was named principal of Kouanga College in 1955 and became a supporter of independence leader Barthélémy Boganda, from the same Ngbaka ethnic group as Dacko. In March 1957 Dacko presented himself as a candidate for legislative elections in Ubangi-Shari for the circumscription of Ombella-M'Poko and won a seat as a member of the "Territorial Assembly of Ubangi-Shari"; when the first Council of Government of Ubangi-Shari was established that same year, Boganda named Dacko Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Forests, in which position he served from 14 May 1957 until 23 August 1958. Dacko served as Minister of the Interior and Administrative Affairs from 23 August to 8 December 1958.

When the Territorial Assembly became the Legislative Constitutive Assembly on 1 December 1958, Dacko and his fellow Territorial Councilors became Deputies. Dacko remained in the government as the Minister of the Interior and Commerce. During 1959, Dacko succeeded Boganda as the main leader of the country when the latter died in a plane crash. After independence on 13 August 1960, Dacko became Provisional President of the Republic, with the active French support against rival Abel Goumba, became the first President of the Central African Republic. In 1960, he served as President of the Conference of Prime Ministers of Equatorial Africa. Dacko began to consolidate his power soon after taking office in 1960, he retained the portfolio of Minister of Defense and Keeper of the Seals and amended the Constitution to transform his regime into a one-party state with a strong presidency elected for a term of seven years. On 5 January 1964, Dacko was elected in an election. During his first term as president, Dacko increased diamond production in the Central African Republic by eliminating the monopoly on mining held by concessionary companies and decreeing that any Central African could dig for diamonds.

He succeeded in having a diamond-cutting factory built in Bangui. Diamonds became the country's most important export and remain so today though at least half of the country's diamonds are smuggled out of the country. Dacko encouraged the rapid "Centralafricanization" of the country's administration, accompanied by growing corruption and inefficiency, he expanded the number of civil servants, which increased the portion of the national budget needed to pay salaries; the difficulty of securing enough revenues to pay a large number of bureaucrats who are inefficient and corrupt has been a major problem for the country since. Dacko was torn between his need to retain the support of France and his need to show that he was not subservient to France. In order to cultivate alternative sources of support and display his independence in foreign policy, he cultivated closer relations with the People's Republic of China. By 1965, Dacko had lost the support of most Central Africans and may have been planning to resign from the presidency when he was overthrown.

On the night of 31 December 1965 – 1 January 1966, General Bokassa carried out a successful coup d'état against Dacko and prevented the possible assumption of power by a rival, Colonel Jean Izamo, head of the national gendarme police force. Dacko, who belonged to the same Ngbaka ethnic group as Bokassa, was imprisoned, placed under house arrest in Lobaye, but was released on 16 July 1969 and named personal counselor of President Bokassa on 17 September 1976; when Bokassa's rule came under increasing criticism during the late 1970s, Dacko managed to leave for Paris where the French convinced him to cooperate in a coup to remove Bokassa from power and restore him to the presidency. On the night of 20–21 September 1979, French paratroopers carried out Operation Barracuda, which overthrew Bokassa and restored Dacko to the presidency. In March 1981, Dacko was elected President of the Republic once again in a reasonably free multi-candidate election. Dacko was regarded by many Central

Walking Contradiction

"Walking Contradiction" is a song by American rock band Green Day. It was released as the fourth and final single from their fourth album, Insomniac and is the closing track on the album; the song reached number 21 on the Modern Rock Tracks in August 1996. The riff of this song was used as the guitar solo for "Haushinka" on Dookie demo. "Walking Contradiction" – 2:31 The video was directed by Roman Coppola. Much of it was filmed in Los Angeles, California; the video features the three members of Green Day going about in a town casually causing accidents and mayhem while being unaware of their actions. At the end of the video, the three members all meet up with each other and get into a car and drive off, just as a building collapses; the music video received a Grammy nomination for "Best Music Video, Short Form" at the 39th Grammy Awards in 1997. A live version appears on Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking. Cheekface recorded a cover version for the 2020 charity album Jesus Christ Supermarket: A Compilation to Celebrate 25 Years of Green Day’s Insomniac.

The compilation's title references a title, considered for Insomniac, but not used. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics