1963: NBC aired the final episode of YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE. The show was created by Irna Phillips as a radio soap opera in 1939. Betty Corday served as a producer.
1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began to figure out what went down between her father and Roger 10 years earlier.
1967: AFTRA members called the union’s first national strike after negotiations broke down over staff announcer contracts at owned-and-operated stations in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles and over first-time contracts for “newsmen” at networks and owned-and-operated stations. Since AFTRA adhered to a bargaining principle that no general agreement exists until all Codes and Contracts are acceptable, the 13-day strike involved all 18,000 members in more than 100 locations across the country. Agreement was reached on the outstanding issues at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, April 10, 1967—just in time to allow broadcast of the annual Academy Awards program live from the Santa Monica Auditorium. It established the first staff newspersons contract for network correspondents at ABC, CBS and NBC.
1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) informed Brian that Elena intended to seduce both their sons.
1982: CBS aired the first daytime episode of CAPITOL. The show premiered on Friday, March 26 in a one-hour primetime special after DALLAS.
1982: SEARCH FOR TOMORROW aired for the first time on NBC, switching networks after 31 years on CBS.
1986: Con Roche returned to AS THE WORLD TURNS as Rick Ryan.
1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Jack (Matthew Ashford) looked on at Billie's (Lisa Rinna) poker playing hot streak.
2005: On GENERAL HOPSITAL, Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) met in the park.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Scott Wilson (Hershel, THE WALKING DEAD) - 71
Dianne Kay (ex-Jennifer, GLITTER; ex-Annabelle, FLAMINGO ROAD) - 61
Christopher Lawford (ex-Charlie, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 58
Terri Ivens (ex-Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 46
Lucy Lawless (Marybeth, THE L WORD) - 45
Marnie Saitta (ex-Casting Director, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 44
Todd Grinnell (ex-Alex, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 37
Megan Hilty (Ivy, SMASH) - 32
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