Today in Soap Opera History (September 8)

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1968: The New York Times features AS THE WORLD TURNS on its front page. Read the story here.

1969: WHERE THE HEART IS, set in the fictional town of Northcross, premiered on CBS. The show, which centered on the Hathaway family, was created by Lou Scofield and Margaret DePriest, who were the original head writers. They were replaced by Pat Falken Smith and later Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer before the she ended its run.

1980: ANOTHER WORLD debuted its still-frame end credits.

2002: Former AS THE WORLD TURNS star Dennis Cooney died at age 63. He played Jay Stallings from 1973 to 1980. Look for more on Mr. Cooney in a future Flashback article.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Alan Feinstein (ex-Mickey, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Jim, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Gregory, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Malcolm, FALCON CREST; ex-Nick, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Max, BERRENGER'S) - 70
David Lee Smith (ex-Tony, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-John, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Brent, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 48
Harrison White (Jaime, VENICE)
Cari Shayne (ex-Karen, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Lauren, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 39
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (ex-Kevin, THE BRADYS) - 30
Gregory Burke (ex-Ben, GUIDING LIGHT) - 30
E.J. Bonilla (ex-Rafe, GUIDING LIGHT) - 21

Also celebrating a birthday today is Daytime Confidential's fabulous Jillian Bowe.

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