On this date in...
1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Amnesiac Mickey Horton stumbled onto Maggie's farm that day.
1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice told Steve she was freeing him from their marriage.
1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Tobias was the talk of the town, and Paige encountered a masked man with a gun.
1989: SAVED BY THE BELL, which launched the careers of Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkeley, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies, debuted on NBC's Saturday morning lineup.
1999: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jax found Chloe lying motionless on the ground.
2006: ALL MY CHILDREN's Jacob Young gave his final performance as Lumiere in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway after a three month run.
2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Jonathan returned to check on Reva.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ray Wise (ex-Jamie, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Blair, DALLAS; ex-Hal, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Spiros, THE COLBYS; Leland, TWIN PEAKS) - 66
Don Stark (ex-Ripley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Frank, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 58
James Marsters (ex-Spike, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; ex-Brainiac, SMALLVILLE; ex-Barnabas, CAPRICA) - 50
Donn Swaby (ex-Chad, PASSIONS) - 39
Misha Collins (Castiel, SUPERNATURAL) - 38
Michael Rady (ex-Jonah, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Max, GREEK; ex-Doug, SWINGTOWN) - 31
Kai Soremekun (Lisa, CHICK)
Andrew Garfield (ex-Frank, DOCTOR WHO) - 29
Brant Daugherty (Noel, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Bryan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 27
Demi Lovato (ex-Hayley, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 20
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