Today in Soap Opera History (December 25)

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1973: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Mickey and Maggie shared their first Christmas together.

1973: Frannie Hughes was born on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Many years later (with Julianne Moore in the role) it was revealed her half-sister/cousin Sabrina was alive.

1974: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, the citizens of Monticello celebrated Christmas.



1979: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Joey Martin (Jake) was born.

1980: On GUIDING LIGHT, Mike Bauer (Don Stewart) sang a medley of Christmas songs at church. Watch a clip here.

1981: On THE DOCTORS, Madison celebrated Christmas. You'll spot a young Kim Zimmer in the cast.



1984: ABC aired the final episode of primetime soap PAPER DOLLS.



1986: On EASTENDERS, Dirty Den gave Angie divorce papers for Christmas. The episode was watched by 30 million viewers.



1986: On SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Jo (Mary Stuart) worried her Christmas dreams would not come true.



1986: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Palmer proposed to Daisy.



1995: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, the Hughes family gathered at Tom and Margo's house to celebrate Christmas. Bob read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to the children. Watch it here.

1996: On ANOTHER WORLD, Ryan's ghost continued to watch over Vicky.



2001: DAYS OF OUR LIVES aired a special episode celebrating the magic of Christmas.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Gary Sandy (ex-Hank, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Randy, SOMERSET; ex-Michael, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Stace, THE SECRET STORM; ex-Terrence, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 67
Barbara Mandrell (ex-Alex, SUNSET BEACH) - 64
Scott Crawford (ex-Sergio, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Charles, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 63

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