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Today in Soap Opera History (March 13)

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1967: THE GUIDING LIGHT moved from black and white to color broadcasts. The show ran for 15 minutes at that time.

1972: Australian soap NUMBER 96 premiered. The show had a successful run, including spawning a feature film, and aired its final episode on August 11, 1977.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, a distraught Liz (Irene Dailey) pinned Rachel against the wall and warned her to stay away from Mac, but Richard Gavin and Russ restrained her. Roy Poole played Richard. He returned to AW in the early '80s as Mayor Stein, the candidate Mac ran against. Mac bowed out of the mayoral race after Mayor Stein published photos of Sandy and Blaine.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Deborah produced Margo's stolen wig and accused Nola of the murder: "Nola, you wore this wig the night you murdered Margo Dorn!"



1984: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) had a hard time believing Doug was with Foxy Humdinger.

1992: Robert Kelker-Kelly debuted as Bo Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1994: Claire Bloom joined the cast of AS THE WORLD TURNS in the role of Orlena Grimaldi.

2007: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) told Dorian that she was interested in someone new: Miles Laurence.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joseph Mascolo (Stefano, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Massimo, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Nicholas, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Carlo, SANTA BARBARA) - 84
Robert S. Woods (ex-Bo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Paul, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 65
Dana Delany (ex-Katherine, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Hayley, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Amy, LOVE OF LIFE) - 57
Annabeth Gish (ex-Anne, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Elizabeth, THE WEST WING) - 42
Common (Elam, HELL ON WHEELS) - 41
Molly Stanton (ex-Charity, PASSIONS) - 33
Julie A. Smith (Creator, FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES)

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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