Today in Soap Opera History (January 31)

1968: Dark Shadows' Barnabas was not happy Ben did not drive a stake
through his heart. 1980: Edge of Night's Margo tried to speak with Aprl.
1997: Sunset Beach's Ben discovered Annie's body in jail.
2011: GH's Michael confessed he was raped in prison.
"A page of history is worth a pound of logic."
― Oliver Wendell Holmes

"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...

1949: Irna Phillips' These Are My Children premiered on NBC. It was the first major network television soap opera. It ran weekdays at 5 p.m. until it went off the air just weeks later, on February 25.

1967: On Another World, Mary (Virginia Dwyer) and Jim (Shepperd Strudwick) were relieved knowing [The Guiding Light's] Mike Bauer got on a plane and left Bay City.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) was furious to awaken again as a vampire. Ben (Thayer David) had promised to drive a stake through Barnabas' heart, but couldn't go through with it. Ben explained that he was prevented by the witch, Angelique (Lara Parker), from keeping his word.

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (February 2-6, 2015)

"That's not enough time," Jill says to Victor after he tells her she only
has a few hours left to buy Chancellor.
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on The Young and the Restless during the week of February 2nd.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 2
Avery (Jessica Collins) argues that Phyllis (Gina Tognini) is mentally incompetent, but Christine (Lauralee Bell) wants to prosecute her to the full extent of the law; Jack (Peter Bergman) argues with Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine that there were mitigating circumstances; Victoria (Amelia Heinle) gives Stitch (Sean Carrigan) a key so he can move in; Victor (Eric Braeden) gives Jill (Jess Walton) until noon to come up with the money to buy Chancellor; Hilary (Mishael Morgan) imagines multiple scenarios in which Neil (Kristoff St. John) finds out about her affair with Devon (Bryton James).

'General Hospital' Spoilers (February 2-6, 2015)

Sonny receives an unforeseen surprise.
Check out day-to-day spoilers and two sneak peek videos below to find out what's happening on General Hospital during the week of February 2nd.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 2
Julian (William deVry), Sonny (Maurice Benard), Ava (Maura West) and Franco (Roger Howarth) get derailed; Sam (Kelly Monaco) questions Jake (Billy Miller); Fluke (Anthony Geary) revels in the peril that is about to happen to the guests aboard the Haunted Star.

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (February 2-6, 2015)

Sonny is attacked.
Check out day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on Days of our Lives during the week of February 2nd.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 2
Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) starts carrying out a mysterious plan at the vacation home; J.J. (Casey Moss) makes a new confession to Paige (True O'Brien); Chad (Billy Flynn) hits a snag in his effort to do the right thing; Paul (Christopher Sean) tells Sonny (Freddie Smith) he's met another guy.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Spoilers (February 2-6, 2015)

"If I wanted to have Ridge back, I could have him," Brooke tells Caroline.
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on The Bold and the Beautiful during the week of February 2nd.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, February 2
Brooke's (Katherine Kelly Lang) declaration that Rick (Jacob Young) and Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) stay together has an unsettling effect on Caroline; Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) think about their history.

'General Hospital' Actor Nicolas Bechtel Guest Stars in 'Grey's Anatomy'

Nicolas Bechtel on Grey's Anatomy.
General Hospital's Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer Cassadine) guest-starred in Grey's Anatomy last night.

In the episode, two young brothers refused to give up their names when they were brought in to the hospital. The older sibling was driving even though he’s underage. He was also in bad shape. Alex and Jo worked on him while Bailey worked to get info from his younger brother (Bechtel).

I never thought I'd hear Bechtel say, "You're an assface!"

It was another excellent performance from the GH star, who has also been featured on Red Band Society this season.

Watch last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy at abc.com.