Today in Soap Opera History (August 21)

1975: Mary and Jack shared their first kiss on Ryan's Hope.
1979: The identity of Edge of Night's "Tobias" was revealed.
1979: Guiding Light's Alan bonded with hope on a deserted island.
1995: One Life to Live's Max told hospitalized Luna to hold on.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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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1967: On Another World, Pat Randolph (Beverly Penberthy) introduced Rachel Davis (Robin Strasser) to her Aunt Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley).

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Mary Ryan (Kate Mulgrew) declined when Bob Reid (Earl Hindman) asked her out, but accepted an invitation from Jack Fenelli (Michael Levin) to join him for coffee. Later, Jack and Mary shared their first kiss.

Jensen Buchanan Pleads Guilty to DUI Charges, Faces a Year of More in Jail

Former Another World and One Life to Live star Jensen Buchanan pleaded guilty Friday to driving under the influence, crashing into and seriously injuring a driver on Highway 154, and she now faces the possibility of a year in County Jail.

Buchanan originally pleaded not guilty in October after being charged with DUI causing injury, and felony DUI with a blood alcohol content of over 0.08 causing injury, plus special allegations.

Her possible sentence could include five years of probation plus up to 365 days in County Jail.

Judge James Voysey reminded Buchanan that the sentence was conditional, meaning that it may change after the court hears about victim Bradley Asolas' medical conditions during the sentencing hearing set for October 6.

Asolas and his wife, Sandy, said they were shocked and appalled at the outcome of Friday's hearing.

"I think it's wrong. My life's forever changed, and she got off with a slap on the wrist," Asolas said. "When I drive now, I always wonder, if I'm involved in a crash again where the airbags break out and my heart gives out again, I can actually die this time."

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (August 21-25, 2017)

What will happen on Days of our Lives during the week of August 21-25, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, August 21
Nicole has a stunning realization; Chad proposes to Abigail; Sonny takes a huge step with Paul; John demands to know why Marlena kissed Roman.

'General Hospital' Spoilers (August 21-25, 2017)

What's happening on General Hospital during the week of August 21-25, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, August 21
GH is preemted due to ABC coverage of the eclipse.

Tuesday, August 22
Sam makes a decision; Alexis and Carly find common ground; Franco asks Ava for a favor.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie on Days of our Lives.
1996: Days' John & Kristen learned she had lost their baby.
2001: As the World Turns' Carly was rescued from quicksand.
2009: One Life to Live's Clint refused to be on reality television.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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.

On this date in...

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Simmons in Days of our Lives. In the episode, amnesiac Mickey Horton (John Clarke) stumbled onto Maggie's farm. Rogers, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1979 for her work on Days. She is the longest running cast member still on contract the show today (Susan Seaforth Hayes and Bill Hayes debuted on Days before Rogers and still recur--and apparently with a little more frequency this fall).

In a 2011 interview with We Love Soaps, Rogers spoke about winning the Emmy, and how the process changes have made a big difference in who wins the awards these days.

"When I won my Emmy in 1979, all the producers and directors were allowed to vote for the categories because technically the producers and most of the directors see everybody's work," she explained. "I think the minute they limited it for actors just voting for actors, it got to be a very political system. That's not really what it's all about. It's about the work, what's being put up on the screen."

1976: On Another World, Clarice Hobson, pregnant with Robert Delaney's (Nicholas Coster) baby, was threatened by Robert's estranged wife, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey), who ordered her to leave town. While trying to flee her boarding house, Clarice went into labor. End credits rolled during her hospital labor. The unmarried Clarice delivered a son, Cory, on August 23.

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (August 21-25, 2017)

What's happening on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless during the week of August 21-25, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, August 21
Y&R is preempted due to CBS coverage of the total solar eclipse.

Tuesday, August 22
Victoria confronts Hilary about airing her dirty laundry; Neil and Devon clash over business; changes at the Newman Ranch trouble Nikki.