1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Roger (Allen Nourse) worried about Mary.
1977: GUIDING LIGHT aired its first one hour episode. Alan (Christopher Bernau), Elizabeth (Lezlie Dalton) and Phillip Spaulding (Jarrod Ross) were introduced.
1980: Season 3 of DALLAS premiered on CBS. Two weeks later viewers found out the answer to the question of "Who Shot J.R.?"
1983: Game show GO began ANOTHER WORLD versus DAYS OF OUR LIVES week. Leann Hurley, James Reynolds, Wayne Northrop, Suzanne Rogers, Anne-Marie Martin, Mary Page Keller, David Oliver, Stephen Yates, Laura Malone and Anna Stuart participated.
1986: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, James Stenbeck returned from the dead and greeted his ex-wife with the now famous "Hello, Barbara" line. You can order this episode on the ATWT DVD set from SoapClassics.
1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason (Lane Davies) was knocked out after he found Gina lying on the ground.
1986: Robert S. Woods debuted as Paul Stewart in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2004: The DALLAS cast reunited on CBS for DALLAS REUNION: THE RETURN TO SOUTHFORK.
2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) woke up but had trouble breathing.
2008: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) tried to assure Starr (Kristen Alderson) her baby would be alright.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
James Houghton (ex-Greg, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Kenny, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Cash, THE COLBYS; Writer, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; KNOTS LANDING) - 64
Lawrence O'Donnell (ex-Dr. Bartlet, THE WEST WING) - 61
Christopher Knight (ex-Leigh, ANOTHER WORLD) - 55
Lisa Canning (ex-Meg, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Adrienne, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 46
Julie Pinson (Kimberly, RIVER RIDGE; ex-Janet, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Billie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Eve, PORT CHARLES; ex-Shiloh, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 45
Michelle Clunie (Marcella, IN BETWEEN MEN; ex-Melanie, QUEER AS FOLK) - 43
Bronson Picket (ex-Diego, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 41
Christopher Daniel Barnes (ex-Paul, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 40
Jeremy London (ex-Chandler 7TH HEAVEN; ex-Griffin, PARTY OF FIVE; ex-Nathan, I'LL FLY AWAY) - 40
Yunjin Kim (ex-Sun, LOST) - 39
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