Today in Soap Opera History (November 2)

On this date in...

1964: British CROSSROADS, set in a fictional motel near Birmingham, England, premiered. ITV network originally broadcast the series between 1964 and 1988. The series was revived in a glossier version by Carlton Television in 2001, but was again axed in 2003.

1981: AS THE WORLD TURNS debuted its "The World Turns On and On" opening.

1982: BROOKSIDE, a British soap set in Liverpool, premiered. It ran for 21 years until November 4, 2003. There were 22 seasons and 2,915 episodes.

1984: Actress Sharon Gabet gave birth to her first child, one week after the announcement that THE EDGE OF NIGHT was being cancelled. Gabet had to shorten her maternity leave in order to tape her final scenes as Raven opposite Larkin Malloy's Sky.

1999: Polish soap opera CZULOSC I KIAMSTWA premiered. It ended its run in 2000.

2008: Popular Televisa telenovela Fuego en la sangre finished its 200 episode story.

2010: Former SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and DIRTY SEXY MONEY star Jill Clayburgh died at age 66.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rachel Ames (ex-Audrey, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES) - 82
Kate Linder (Esther, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 64
Sean Kanan (Deacon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS/ex-THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Pierre, SCRIPTS & SCRUPLES; ex-A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Jude, SUNSET BEACH) - 45
Randy Harrison (Justin, QUEER AS FOLK) - 34
Guy Kent (ex-David, PASSIONS) - 24
Lindze Letherman (ex-Georgie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 23

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