On this date in...
1975: Actor Angus Cairns, who appeared as the often recast Sheriff George Patterson on DARK SHADOWS in 1967, died at age 65.
1980: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Beverly Penberthy) didn't want to hear it when Liz (Irene Dailey) accused Philip of stringing Pat along.
1986: Actor Keenan Wynn, the second Digger Barnes in the original DALLAS, died at age 70.
1991: Frank Runyeon aired for the final time as Michael Donnelly in SANTA BARBARA.
1999: Laura Bell Bundy debuted in GUIDING LIGHT as Marah Lewis. Marah and Shane arrived home from their trip. Reva wasn't thrill with the new and improved (wearing make-up) Marah, who got mad when Reva mentioned Richard and Jonathan.
2001: DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION premiered on CTV. Watch the trailer for the show below:
2008: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS aired its 9,000th episode.
2008: Robert came out of his coma on GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT.
2010: Actor Simon MacCorkindale died at age 58. Among his soap roles was Greg Reardon in FALCON CREST.
2011: Soap Classics released its first AS THE WORLD TURNS DVD, "20 Classics Episodes," featuring shows spanning the years 1979 to 2010.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lee Lawson (ex-Bea, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Wanda, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Barbara, LOVE OF LIFE) - 71
Greg Evigan (ex-Dan, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Robert, PACIFIC PALISADES; ex-Charles, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 59
Arleen Sorkin (ex-Calliope, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 56
Usher (Raymond, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 34
Daniel Clark (ex-Sean, DEGRASSI) - 27
MacKenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT) - 24
Mia Wasikowska (ex-Sophie, IN TREATMENT) - 23
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.