Today in Soap Opera History (December 11)

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1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Peter Dalton (Stephen Elliott) won the election by a landslide.

1968: Susan Seaforth Hayes aired for the first time as Julie Olson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Paul Keenan
1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) informed Louise (Anne Meacham) Liz was moving in with them.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Eileen Simpson Perrini (Vicky Dawson) died.

1984: Actor Richard McMurray died at age 68.  He played Dr. Mel Bailey in DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the late 1960s and 1970s.

1986: Actor Paul Keenan (Todd Chandler, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Tony Driscoll, DYNASTY) died at age 31 due to complications from the AIDS virus. Check out our recent World AIDS Day tributes here.

1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Paul (Doug Davidson) was upset when he woke up in bed with Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman).  Watch below:



1995: On ANOTHER WORLD, Donna (Anna Stuart) sang "Someone Like You" to Matt (Matt Crane).



1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Julia (Sydney Penny) had an unwanted visitor.



2000: Actor David Lewis died at age 84.  He was nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards during his run on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Edward Quartermaine, winning in 1982.

2003: Heather Tom debuted as Kelly Cramer in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

2008: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Jack held Carly in his arms after his bachelor party.



2009: ALL MY CHILDREN taped for the final time in New York City.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rita Moreno (ex-Sister Peter Marie, OZ) - 81
Patrick Tovatt (ex-Cal, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Zane, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Matt, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Chuck, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Richard, RYAN'S HOPE) - 72
Donna Mills (ex-Abby, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Sherry, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Laura, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING; ex-Rocket, THE SECRET STORM) - 72
Jermaine Jackson (Himself, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 58
Randy Reinholz (ex-Adam, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 51
Max Martini (Frank, REVENGE) - 43

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