On this date in...
1944: Procter & Gamble's ROSEMARY premiered on NBC Radio. The show was created by Elaine Carrington.
1946: FARAWAY HILL, from David P. Lewis, debuted on the DuMont Network. It was the very first television soap opera broadcast on a network. The show lasted until December 18. The plot revolved around a widowed New Yorker, Karen St. John (played by Flora Campbell), who moved to a small town to be near relatives. NBC and DuMont were the only two networks in operation at that point.
WAR BRIDE is considered to be the first television soap overall, debuting a few months earlier on WRGB, a General Electric Station in Schenectady, New York. The show was the 13-part story of a returning GI and his new wife.
1985: On DYNASTY, the Carrington Clan returned to Denver for Luke Fuller's funeral.
1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Keith (Justin Deas) shared his feeling about his sister with Gina (Robin Mattson).
1986: On KNOTS LANDING, Karen (Michele Lee) became more terrified when her captor's behavior suddenly changed.
1996: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Monica (Leslie Charleson) dumped Pierce (Tuc Watkins).
2001: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Nick (Joshua Morrow) had a nightmare about Matt Clark.
2001: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) demanded to know why Frankie (Elizabeth Hendrickson) was in Bianca's bedroom.
2009: Crystal Chappell reprised her role as Dr. Carly Manning in DAYS OF OUR LIVES after a 16 year absence.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Robin Riker (Angelica, DEVANITY; ex-Beth, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 60
Lorraine Bracco (ex-Janice, LIPSTICK JUNGLE; ex-Jennifer, THE SOPRANOS) - 58
Brian Regan (ex-Terry, BROOKSIDE) - 55
Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 42
Tiffany (Performer/Guest Star on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; GREEK) - 41
Brianna Brown (Taylor, DEVIOUS MAIDS; ex-Lisa, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 33
Erik Fellows (Young Steve, THE BAY; ex-Troy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 31
Alan Simpson (ex-Henry, PASADENA) - 29
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