Today in Soap Opera History (October 7)

On this date in...

1940: PORTIA FACES LIFE debuted on the NBC Red network. This radio soap opera centered around the life of Portia Blake Manning, an attorney and a widow with a young son. PORTIA was extremely popular and had many sponsors, none of which were soap. The sponsors included Post Toasties, Grape Nuts Flakes, Grape Nuts Wheat Meal, Maxwell House coffee, Jell-O desserts and La France bleach.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, the first clown puppet murder was committed!  Watch it below.



1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey) made a declaration to Alan (Daniel Pilon) about Harley: "She is completely unsuitable for a Spaulding."



1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, David Kimble (Michael Corbett) was crushed to death in a trash compactor.



1992: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) and Kim (Patsy Pease) said goodbye to Salem.  The two would not appear together again on the soap for nearly 18 years.



2002: ALL MY CHILDREN debuted its new "Scrapbook" opening.



2009: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Holden (Jon Hensley) walked in just as Lily (Noelle Beck) and Damian (Paolo Seganti) were pronounced husband and wife.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Melinda O. Fee (ex-Olivia, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Mary, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Jill, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Charlotte, GUIDING LIGHT)
Jill Larson (ex-Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Garnette, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Judith, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Ursula, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 65
Dylan Baker (ex-Bennett, UGLY BETTY) - 53
John Loprieno (ex-Brad, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Cord, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Danny, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 52
Nicole Ari Parker (ex-Teri, SOUL FOOD) - 42
Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210; ex-Jeremy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Brian Hewson (Producer/Writer, EMPIRE) - 32
Amber Stevens (ex-Ashleigh, GREEK) - 26
Ayla Kell (ex-Payson, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT) - 22

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