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Today in Soap Opera History (January 8)

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1970: On DARK SHADOWS, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) heard the sound of breathing coming from behind the secret panel.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles (Joel Crothers) assumed the worst when Derek made dinner plans with Nicole.



1981: On KNOTS LANDING, Gary (Ted Shackelford) began an affair with Judy (Jane Elliot).



1982: On DALLAS, J.R. (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Ray (Steve Kanaly) went to South America to search for their missing father, Jock, but the only managed to recover his medallion.  They returned to Southfork and break the news to Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes).

1993: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Molly gave Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) valuable information about Scotty's custody.



2001: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Max (James DePaiva) tried to convince Blair (Kassie DePaiva) not to marry Todd. Later, on his jet, Todd revealed a new passport to Blair with the name "Blair Cramer Manning."

2004: Actor Charles Brown died at age 57.  He played Russ Anderson in ALL MY CHILDREN as well as roles in LOVING and ANOTHER WORLD.

2008: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, EJ (James Scott) discoverd John (Drake Hogestyn) in the DiMera basement.



2009: Actor Don Galloway died at age 71.  His soap roles included Buzz Stryker in GENERAL HOSPITAL and Kip Rysdale in THE SECRET STORM.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Bob Eubanks (Himself, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 75
John LaMotta (Ghost of Marco, DARK SHADOWS) - 74
Kathleen Noone (ex-Patricia, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT; ex-Edna, PASSIONS; ex-Ellen, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Bette, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Claudia, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Margaret, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 68
Michelle Forbes (ex-Sonni/Solita, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Mitch, THE KILLING; ex-Maryann, TRUE BLOOD) - 48
Eric Scott Woods (ex-Evan, ANOTHER WORLD) - 46
Patricia Healy (ex-Tammy, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Wendy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Jessica Leccia (Ivy, THE GROVE; Ani, VENICE; ex-Inez, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Natalia, GUIDING LIGHT) - 37
Amber Benson (ex-Tara, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) - 36
Genevieve Padalecki (ex-Ruby, SUPERNATURAL) - 32

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to editor@welovesoaps.com.

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