On this date in...
1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) cried to Steve (George Reinholt) that their sick little boy, Jamie, would die as punishment for her sins. Later, Russ revealed Jamie's fever had broken.
1979: Nashville's Opryland theme park (which has since been replaced by a mall, Opry Mills) kicked off a Soap Opera Festival featuring Charita Bauer, Deidre Hall, John McCook, Josh Taylor and others.
1986: GUIDING LIGHT favorite Lenore Kasdorf debuted in SANTA BARBARA as Caroline Wilson.
1987: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) gave birth to her first child, Danny.
1990: ALL MY CHILDREN star Susan Lucci hosted SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE with musical guest Hothouse Flowers. MATCH GAME's Gene Rayburn makes a cameo appearance in the "Game Breakers" sketch along with Don Pardo. Watch the hilarious "All My Luggage" sketch below.
1994: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman), Tony (Brad Maule) and Lucy (Lynn Herring) were all sad on BJ's birthday.
2000: Melissa Reeves returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jennifer after a five year absence.
2008: BRZYDULA debuted in Poland. The soap lasted just over a year.
2010: The legendary Agnes Nixon was honored at the Giants of Broadcasting Luncheon held as the The Library of American Broadcasting. Check out what some daytime veterans had to say about Ms. Nixon in We Love Soaps interviews over the years here.
2010: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Dorian (Robin Strasser) tried to console Kelly (Gina Tognoni) and "Todd" (Trevor St. John) had a surprise for Blair (Kassie DePaiva).
2011: It was announced that ABC has bought a new Nashville-based primetime soap. A year later, NASHVILLE premieres on Wednesday, October 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. You can watch the episode online right now here.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Gene Bua (ex-Steve, LOVE OF LIVE; ex-Robert, HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE; ex-Steve, SOMERSET) - 72
Michael Durrell (ex-John, BEVERLY HILLS 90210; ex-Alex, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Peter, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Mike, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 69
Wendy Robie (ex-Nadine, TWIN PEAKS) - 59
Flavio Caballero (ex-Anibal, EL JOE LA LEYENDA; ex-Alfredo, VALERIA) - 54
Lamman Rucker (ex-Marshall, AS THE WORLD TURNS/ex-Garrett, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Wes Ramsey (ex-Max, THE PLAYBOY CLUB; ex-Van, VENICE; ex-Owen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Sam, GUIDING LIGHT) - 35
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