Today in Soap Opera History (March 11)

On this date in...

1968: THE SECRET STORM finally moved to color broadcasts, the last of the network soaps to make the switch from black and white.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Edward reminded Judith that he never wanted to hear of "that situation" ever again.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Sam Dwyer releases Draper during the train fire believing him to be innocent.



1981: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jamie told Mac that he wanted to be treated as an adult and vowed to have a long talk with Rachel.

1982: Joseph Julian (June 9, 1910 – March 11, 1982) died at age 71. His soap roles included Joe on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Vic on SOMERSET, He also played Wilbur Strake in the first two episodes of the original DARK SHADOWS.

1985: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason interrupted Gina and C.C.'s wedding.



1996: Dutch soap GOUDKUST (Gold Coast) premiered.

1999: Longtime GUIDING LIGHT actor Stefan Schnabel died at age 87. He played Dr. Stephen Jackson (Leslie's father, Rick's grandfather) from 1965 to 1981.

2010: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Clint and Kim were excited about their honeymoon.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sam Hall (Writer, DARK SHADOWS; ONE LIFE TO LIVE; SANTA BARBARA) - 91
Don MacLean (ex-Cy, CROSSROADS) - 68
Graeme Harper (Director, CORONATION STREET; EASTENDERS; GRANGE HILL) - 67
Mark Metcalf (ex-Stick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-The Master, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) - 66
Gary Donatelli (Director, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ANOTHER WORLD) - 61
Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb, ONE TREE HILL; ex-Barbara, THE GATES) - 50
Jeffrey Nordling (ex-Nick, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 50
Alex Kingston (ex-Jill, GRANGE HILL) - 49
Peter Berg (Executive Producer, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 48
Shane Richie (Alfie, EASTENDERS) - 48
Nancy Sloan (ex-Katie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Sally, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 47
Gary Wolfe (ex-ECW Wresteler) - 47
John Barrowman (Jack, TORCHWOOD; ex-Patrick, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Peter, CENTRAL PARK WEST; ex-Peter, TITANS) - 45
Lindsey McKeon (ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Taylor, ONE TREE HILL) - 30
Jade Harlow (Lianna, THE BAY; ex-Jessica, PASSIONS) - 29

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