1941: Popular daytime actor Joel Crothers was born. He died in 1985 at age 44.
1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Ada (Constance Ford) promised Rachel (Margie Impert) she wouldn't do anything foolish with what Ernie left her. Margie Impert did not work out in the role of Rachel, so Robin Strasser returned to the soap for four months until Victoria Wyndham was hired. Read our interview with Robin Strasser here where she recalls her experience working with Constance Ford.
1980: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Barbara (Colleen Zenk) confessed to Tom that she had a son a few years ago and gave him to Claudia to raise.
1980: PEOPLE magazine published a story about SEARCH FOR TOMORROW consultant Dr. Anthony Moulton.
As the soap opera's medical adviser for the past five years, Moulton, 34, is on call to explain the possible dramatic repercussions of various diseases. He once wrote a 15-page report to the show's producers on the aftereffects of a mastectomy. Recently they wanted to know what complications could strike a little girl with pneumonia so that a nurse could save the child's life. When Moulton's advice is needed right on the set, which happens every three months or so, he has gone on camera himself (at union scale of $250 a day). He often portrays an anesthesiologist or junior surgeon, leaving the medical heroics to the series stars. Once Moulton's hands were filmed sewing up an incision (actually a surgical cap) while an actor portrayed intense concentration for facial closeups. "The first few times on camera," allows Moulton, "I was much more nervous trying to fake an operation than I am doing the real thing."
1985: On SANTA BARBARA, Veronica was in grave danger from Peter.
2009: CORONATION STREET aired its 7,000th episode.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Nicholas Pryor (ex-Victor, PORT CHARLES; ex-Joel, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Linc, ALL MY CHILDREN, ex-Ted, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Paul, LOVE IS A MANY SPENDORED THING; ex-Johnny, THE SECRET STORM; THE BRIGHTER DAY) - 77
Alan Alda (ex-Arnold, THE WEST WING) - 76
John Beck (ex-Bruce, PASSIONS; ex-Sam, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Mark, DALLAS; ex-Sam, FLAMINGO ROAD) - 69
Harley Jane Kozak (ex-Annabelle, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Mary, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Brette, TEXAS) - 55
Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 50
Terri Conn (Aubrey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Katie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 37
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