On this date in...
1977: Eric Roberts originated the role of Ted Bancroft on ANOTHER WORLD. Ted was Brian's son and his first scene was with Brian and Mackenzie Cory. "You haven't changed a bit, sir," Ted said to Mac in his first line on the soap.
1978: ONE LIFE TO LIVE competed against GENERAL HOSPITAL on FAMILY FEUD, hosted by Richard Dawson.
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles continued to struggle.
1980: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Ian (Peter Simon) had a heart attack and died while making love with Dee.
1986: On ANOTHER WORLD, Zane Lindquist and Felicia Gallant (Linda Dano) were married.
1991: On GUIDING LIGHT, Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander) and Beth Raines were married.
2002: On a Valentine's Day special episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS, Eileen Fulton danced to "It's Raining Men".
2006: SHORTLAND STREET was the first soap opera to feature a Civil Union between lesbian couple, Maia Jeffries and Jay Copeland.
2008: Singer Pat Benatar appeared on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Allan Miller (ex-Dave, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-David, HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE) - 84
Florence Henderson (ex-Carol, THE BRADYS) - 79
James Eckhouse (ex-Jim, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210; ex-ANOTHER WORLD) - 58
Meg Tilly (ex-George, WINNETKA ROAD) - 53
Michael Higgs (ex-Andy, EASTENDERS) - 52
Kim Brockington (Felicia, GUIDING LIGHT)
Kimberly Atkinson (Lexi, SOLO The Series) - 38
Erin Torpey (ex-Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 32
Matt Barr (ex-Derek, ONE TREE HILL) - 29
Jake Weary (ex-Luke, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 23
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