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Today in Soap Opera History (March 11)

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1968: THE SECRET STORM finally moved to color broadcasts, the last of the network soaps to make the switch from black and white.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Edward (Louis Edmonds) reminded Judith that he never wanted to hear of "that situation" ever again.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Sam Dwyer released Draper (Tony Craig) during the train fire believing him to be innocent.



1981: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jamie told Mac that he wanted to be treated as an adult and vowed to have a long talk with Rachel.

1982: Joseph Julian died at age 71. His soap roles included Joe in AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Vic in SOMERSET, He also played Wilbur Strake in the first two episodes of the original DARK SHADOWS.

1985: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason (Lane Davies) interrupted Gina and C.C.'s wedding.



1993: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Kendall Hart (Sarah Michelle Gellar) met Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).



1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Edmund and Maria were married. Janet wanted to prove she had changed.



1996: Dutch soap GOUDKUST (Gold Coast) premiered.

1999: Longtime GUIDING LIGHT actor Stefan Schnabel died at age 87. He played Dr. Stephen Jackson (Leslie's father, Rick's grandfather) from 1965 to 1981.

2010: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Clint (Jerry verDorn) and Kim were excited about their honeymoon.



2013: On DALLAS, family, friends and enemies gathered to say goodbye to J.R. Ewing at his funeral.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sam Hall (Writer, DARK SHADOWS; ONE LIFE TO LIVE; SANTA BARBARA) - 92
Don MacLean (ex-Cy, CROSSROADS) - 69
Graeme Harper (Director, CORONATION STREET; EASTENDERS; GRANGE HILL) - 68
Mark Metcalf (ex-Stick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-The Master, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) - 67
Gary Donatelli (Director, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ANOTHER WORLD) - 62
Barbara Alyn Woods (ex-Deb, ONE TREE HILL; ex-Barbara, THE GATES) - 51
Jeffrey Nordling (ex-Nick, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 51
Alex Kingston (ex-Jill, GRANGE HILL) - 50
Peter Berg (Executive Producer, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 49
Shane Richie (Alfie, EASTENDERS) - 49
Nancy Sloan (ex-Katie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Sally, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 48
Gary Wolfe (ex-ECW Wresteler) - 48
John Barrowman (Malcolm, ARROW; ex-Jack, TORCHWOOD; ex-Patrick, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Peter, CENTRAL PARK WEST; ex-Peter, TITANS) - 46
Lindsey McKeon (ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Taylor, ONE TREE HILL) - 31
Jade Harlow (Lianna, THE BAY; ex-Jessica, PASSIONS) - 30

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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