On this date in...
1934: Darlene Conley, remembered by soap fans from her many years as Sally Sprectra on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, was born. Before that she played babynapping Rose DeVille on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in the late '70s with Nikki and mid-'80s when she stole Nina's baby. Conley also had roles on DAYS, GH and CAPITOL. She died January 14, 2007.
1941: Radio soap opera LIFE BEGINS aired its final episode.
1972: Mark Tapscott debuted as Bob Anderson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1973: Suzanne Rogers taped her first episode as Maggie in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The episode didn't air until August 20 thanks to Watergate pre-emptions.
1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Liz broke down when she told Vic and Lenore that Alice had been committed.
1986: Chris Hughes died in his sleep on AS THE WORLD TURNS.
1986: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alan shocked the party crowd when he was unmasked.
1988: ANOTHER WORLD debuted a rock instrumental theme during the end credits.
1997: Josh Taylor returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but in a different role, Roman Brady.
2010: Actor Larry Keith, best known for his role as Nick Davis on ALL MY CHILDREN, died at age 79.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jonelle Allen (ex-Doreen, GENERATIONS) - 68
Audrey Landers (ex-Afton, DALLAS; ex-Joanna, THE SECRET STORM; ex-Connie, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Heather, SOMERSET) - 56
Elizabeth McGovern (Cora, DOWNTON ABBEY) - 51
Jensen Buchanan (ex-Vicky/Marley, ANOTHER WORLD/AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Melissa, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Sarah, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Susan Marie Snyder (ex-Julie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Laken, SANTA BARBARA) - 48
Grant Bowler (ex-Mason, GCB; ex-Connor, UGLY BETTY) - 44
Valerie Cruz (ex-Grace, NIP/TUCK; ex-Isabel, TRUE BLOOD) - 36
Eddie Matos (ex-Ricky, PORT CHARLES; ex-Peter, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Charlie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 36
Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Elle, HEROES; ex-Veronica Mars, VERONICA MARS) - 32
Chace Crawford (Nate, GOSSIP GIRL) - 27
Ambyr Childers (ex-Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 24
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to email@example.com.