Today in Soap Opera History (November 2)

On this date in...

1964: British soap CROSSROADS premiered on ITV.  Set in a fictional motel near Birmingham, England, the show was originally broadcast between 1964 and 1988. The series was revived by Carlton Television in 2001, but was again axed in 2003.



1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Steve (George Reinholt) met Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) for dinner and revealed he had a surprise waiting for her when she returend to Bay City.

1979: On GUIDING LIGHT, Roger (Michael Zaslow) made plans to get plastic surgery.



1981: AS THE WORLD TURNS debuted its "The World Turns On and On" opening.

1982: BROOKSIDE, a British soap set in Liverpool, premiered.  It ran for 21 years until November 4, 2003. There were 22 seasons and 2,915 episodes.

1984: Actress Sharon Gabet gave birth to her first child, one week after the announcement that THE EDGE OF NIGHT was being canceled. Gabet had to shorten her maternity leave in order to tape her final scenes as Raven opposite Larkin Malloy's Sky.

1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Olivia (Tonya Lee Williams) continued to try to reach out to Drucilla (Victoria Rowell).



1999: Polish soap opera CZULOSC I KIAMSTWA premiered. It ended its run in 2000.

2008: Popular Televisa telenovela Fuego en la sangre finished its 200 episode run.

2009: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, several same sex couples (including Kyle and Fish) exchanged vows.



2010: Former SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and DIRTY SEXY MONEY star Jill Clayburgh died at age 66.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rachel Ames (ex-Audrey, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 83
Stefanie Powers (ex-Jane, DOCTORS) - 70
Kate Linder (Esther, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 65
Lauren VĂ©lez (ex-Elena, UGLY BETTY) - 48
Sean Kanan (A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Deacon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Deacon, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Jude, SUNSET BEACH) - 46
Marisol Nichols (ex-Heather, GCB) - 39
Bren Foster (ex-Quinn, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Tony, HOME AND AWAY) - 36
Randy Harrison (ex-Justin, QUEER AS FOLK) - 35
Guy Kent (ex-David, PASSIONS) - 25
Lindze Letherman (ex-Georgie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 24
Katelyn Tarver (Mercedes, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) - 23

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