Today in Soap Opera History (March 30)

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1970: A WORLD APART, created by Katherine Phillips, premiered on ABC.



1970: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING premiered on ABC.



1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Russ was upset when the expensive crib Rachel (Robin Strasser) ordered arrived. She tried to gain sympathy with tears but it didn't work.



1970: SOMERSET, a spin-off of ANOTHER WORLD, premiered on NBC. The show initially revolved around ANOTHER WORLD characters Missy Palmer Matthews (Carol Roux), Lahoma Vane Lucas (Ann Wedgeworth) and Sam Lucas (Jordan Charney). Sam and wife Lahoma moved to the small town of Somerset where Sam became the junior law partner of Ben Grant.

1971: On DARK SHADOWS, Daphne's funeral was held.

1987: ANOTHER WORLD debuted the "Another World (You Take Me Away To)" song in the opening and end credits. Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris sang the song on the previous Friday's episode (after she survived the Sin Stalker).



1997: British soap FAMILY AFFAIRS premiered.

2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Carly and Julia had it out at the mental hospital.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Justin Deas (Scott, STEAMBOAT; ex-Buzz, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Keith, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Tom, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Bucky, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Marco, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 64
Michael Lehmann (Director, TRUE BLOOD) - 55
Ian Ziering (ex-Erich, THE DOCTORS; ex-Cam, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Steve, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 48
Juliet Landau (ex-Drusilla, BUFFY/ANGEL) - 47
Gerald McCullouch (Geoffrey, HUSTLING; ex-Dan, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) - 45
CĂ©line Dion (Herself, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 44
Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Jason Dohring (Mr. Carpenter, RINGER) - 30
Helena Mattsson (Cassandra, NIKITA, ex-Irina, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 28
Quincy Morris (Creator, IN BETWEEN MEN)
Cassie Scerbo (Lauren, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT) - 22

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