1955: On VALIANT LADY, Mickey read the letters Bonnie write to him that had never been mailed.
1955: On THE INNER FLAME, after telling Portia of Walter's arrest, Dorie confessed her true feelings for him.
1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Magda read Rachel's palm.
1980: On DALLAS, J.R. Ewing was shot in the episode titled "A House Divided."
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven agreed to rekindle her affair with Elliott as long as he helped her kidnap Jaimey.
1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel invited Carl to move back into the mansion.
2001: On PORT CHARLES, Arianna wanted Eve to stay away from Ian.
2005: Amelia Heinle debuted on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as Victoria Newman. Check out our favorite moment with Ms. Heinle below.
2005: Mexican telenovela REBELDE premiered.
2006: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robin found Patrick dancing with Carly, and then apologized to him.
2007: Marnie Schulenburg debuted as Alison Stewart on AS THE WORLD TURNS when Emily saw her sister in a porn video. Schulenburg had previously debuted in the role on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and the web series L.A. DIARIES.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Al Freeman, Jr. (ex-Ed, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 78
Kathleen Widdoes (ex-Emma, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Una, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Rose, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Jill, YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE) - 73
Duncan Gamble (ex-Ted, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Frank, CAPITOL) - 66
Gary Oldman (ex-Don, KNOTS LANDING) - 54
Kassie DePaiva (Blair, GENERAL HOSPITAL/ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Chelsea, GUIDING LIGHT) - 51
Rosie O'Donnell (ex-Loretta, QUEER AS FOLK, ex-Naomi, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 50
Julie Ronnie (ex-Laken, SANTA BARBARA) - 49
Vanessa Branch (ex-Paige, PORT CHARLES) - 39
Laura Allen (Hannah, AWAKE; ex-Laura, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 38
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