1972: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Adam Drake (Don May) ran through the streets of Manhattan in an attempt to find and propose marriage to Nicole Travis (Maeve McGuire) by midnight.
1976: ANOTHER WORLD spin-off SOMERSET aired its last episode after a six year run. The show was canceled to make room for another P&G soap, LOVERS & FRIENDS.
1982: NBC daytime soap TEXAS aired its final episode after just over two years on the air. The show was a spin-off of ANOTHER WORLD with Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) moving to Houston. She would leave the show a year later when it became "TEXAS: The New Generation."
1982: THE DOCTORS ended its 18 year run on NBC, totaling 5280 episodes.
1983: Dorrie Kavanaugh, who played Cathy Craig Lord on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, died at age 38 after a battle with breast cancer. She also had roles on GUIDING LIGHT, RYAN'S HOPE, THE EDGE OF NIGHT and DARK SHADOWS.
1986: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa married again--this time to Earl Mitchell, the late Farley Granger. Did Shannon actually marry Brian as part of the double wedding? Watch below.
1990: The last day GUIDING LIGHT used the "My Guiding Light" theme. "Hold On To Love" debuted on the next episode.
1999: NBC's SUNSET BEACH aired its final episode just shy of its third anniversary.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ben Kingsley (ex-Ron, CORONATION STREET) - 68
Barbara Carrera (ex-Angelica, DALLAS) - 66
Tim Matheson (Brick, HART OF DIXIE) - 64
Jane Badler (ex-Diana, NEIGHBOURS; ex-Meredith, FALCON CREST; ex-Melinda, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 58
David Pevsner (Ross, OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS) - 53
Joanna Johnson (ex-Caroline/Karen, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 50
Don Diamont (Bill, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Brad, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Carlo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 49
Julian Stone (ex-Jerry, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Lance Reddick (Phillip, FRINGE; ex-John, OZ; ex-Matthew, LOST) - 42
Chandra West (ex-Devon, THE GATES; ex-Gail, 90210) - 41
Kamilla Bjorlin (ex-Evil Serpent, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 41
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