|HIDDEN FACES debuted on December 30, 1968|
1963: ABC shifted GENERAL HOSPITAL to the 3 p.m. ET time slot. It had previously aired at 1 p.m.
1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Susan Trustman) refused to give John (Michael M. Ryan) permission to access her medical records.
1968: NBC daytime soap opera HIDDEN FACES, created by Irving Vendig, premiered. The show aired in the 1:30 p.m. ET time slot, replacing LET'S MAKE A DEAL as the lead-in for DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The series only lasted six months. Among the stars were Louise Shaffer, Conard Fowkes, Rita Gam and Linda Blair. Click here for more on this classic soap.
1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Sonni (Michelle Forbes) and Reva (Kim) once again battled.
1991: Belgium soap opera FAMILE premiered. It is celebrating 20 years on the air today.
1999: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Carly (Maura West) and Barbara (Colleen Zenk) put on a fashion show on New Year's Eve.
2002: Actor Antony Ponzini died at age 69. His soap roles included Vince Wolek in ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Danny Fargo in ANOTHER WORLD, Tony Wyatt in THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Tony Perelli in GENERAL HOSPITAL, Lucas Gates in RITUALS, Victor Borelli in ALL MY CHILDREN and Captain Corelli in GENERATIONS.
2002: The "Surrender" arc of PORT CHARLES kicked off.
2003: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Dorian (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robin Strasser) plotted with Adam (David Canary) about the Paul Cramer (Brock Cuchna) Babe (Alexa Havins) situation.
2005: UK's FAMILY AFFAIRS ended after and eight and a half year run.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Russ Tamblyn (ex-Dr. Jacoby, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Dr. Hayden, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Dr. Jacoby, TWIN PEAKS) - 78
Concetta Tomei (ex-Estelle, FALCON CREST) - 67
Sheryl Lee Ralph (ex-Mooshy, FALCON CREST) - 56
Kelli Maroney (ex-Kimberly, RYAN'S HOPE) - 52
Daniel Sunjata (ex-Eli, GREY'S ANATOMY; ex-Zachary, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Cassandra Creech (ex-Denise, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Dana, ANOTHER WORLD)
Jason Behr (ex-Chris, DAWSON'S CREEK) - 39
Josh Davis (Jesse, EMPIRE)
Troy Kurtis (ex-Nico, GUIDING LIGHT) - 32
Eliza Dushku (ex-Hollu, TORCHWOOD: WEB OF LIES; ex-Cameron, UGLY BETTY; ex-Faith, BUFFY/ANGEL) - 32
Kristin Kreuk (Catherine, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; ex-Lana, SMALLVILLE) - 30
Ashley Bashioum (ex-Mackenzie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 29
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