On this date in...
1914: Future soap legend Frances Reid was born (PORTIA FACES LIFE; AS THE WORLD TURNS; DAYS OF OUR LIVES). She died on February 3, 2010.
1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Dalton blasted DA Thompson on TV for having an affair with Ruth Sherman.
1960: CORONATION STREET, created by Tony Warren, premiered. It is now the longest running active television soap opera in the world. After the first episode, a columnist in the Daily Mirror claimed the series would only last three weeks.
1980: Dana Kimmell aired for the final time as Dawn Marshall on TEXAS.
1982: On CAPITOL, Tyler returned to Washington just as Julie prepared to walk down the aisle with Barrington.
1985: Andrew Masset ended a two year run as Larry Welch on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He would return to the show in 2002.
1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Jack tried to get Nikki into rehab.
2005: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Eric Forrester, played by McCook, crossed over to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS to attend Lauren and Michael's wedding. McCook was a popular actor on Y&R years earlier as Lance Prentiss.
2008: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Phoebe Forrester died following a car accident.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Dick Van Patten (ex-Larry, YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE) - 82
Gyl Roland (ex-Sheila, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 70
Michael Nouri (ex-Caleb, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Elliot, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Steve, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Tom, SOMERSET) - 66
Joe Lando (ex-Jake, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Macauley, GUIDING LIGHT) - 49
Felicity Huffman (Lynette, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 48
Reiko Aylesworth (ex-Rebecca, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 39
Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher, DALLAS; ex-John, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Miguel, PASSIONS) - 32
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