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Today in Soap Opera History (June 16)

On this date in...

1930: CLARA, LU AND EM, radio's first network daytime soap opera, premiered on WGN-AM in Chicago.



1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Gerald dialed Steve's number, handed Rachel the phone, and told her to tell Steve he could only see Jamie today if she came along.

1980: THE EDGE OF NIGHT debuted a new opening.



1989: ANOTHER WORLD aired Mac's funeral, six weeks after the man who portrayed him, the legendary Douglass Watson, passed away in real life.



1992: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair married Asa.

1998: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Paul and Chris invited Mary over to tell her they wanted to declare Carl legally dead.



1999: Country singer Chely Wright performed on ANOTHER WORLD, singing at Etta Mae Burrell's (Elain R. Graham) Lucky Lady night club.

2001: ALL MY CHILDREN's Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos welcomed their second child, Lola Grace Consuelos.

2006: Ewa Da Cruz debuted as Vienna Hyatt on AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joan Van Ark (PRETTY; ex-Gloria, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Valene, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Valene, DALLAS; ex-Janie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Paula, PEYTON PLACE) - 69
Geoff Pierson (ex-Frank, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Barney, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Dr. Sullivan, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Detective Donovan, TEXAS) - 63
Ken Corday (Executive Producer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
Kale Browne (ex-Miles, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Newscaster, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Frank, ROCKLAND COUNTY; ex-Sam, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Micheal, ANOTHER WORLD) - 62
Laurie Metcalf (ex-Carolyn, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 57
Ian Buchanan (Ian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Greg, ALLMY CHILDREN; ex-Joshua, PORT CHARLES; ex-James, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Duke, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 55
James Patrick Stuart (Dick, SUPERNATURAL; ex-Will, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 43
Eddie Cibrian (ex-Cole, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Matt, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 38
Sibel Kekilli (Shae, GAME OF THRONES) - 32
Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 25
Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 24

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