On this date in...
1953: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Dick (James Lipton) looked for reassurance from Dr. Keeler.
1978: On DALLAS, Pam took Lucy under her wing.
1979: Lanna Saunders made her first appearance as Marie Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES
1980: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Lesley (Denise Alexander) treated children from the bus accident.
1981: Charles Bateman aired for the final time as Maxwell Jarvis in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1992: On the season finale of KNOTS LANDING, as Paige (Nicollette Sheridan) got in her car to go to Greg's, suddenly Pierce popped up from her back seat.
1992: Karen Moncrieff aired for the final time as Cassandra Benedict on SANTA BARBARA.
1996: Writer Robert Soderberg died at age 80. During his career Soderberg wrote for ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Learned (ex-Katherine, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Shirley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Judge Turner, ALL MY CHILDREN/ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 74
Caryn Richman (ex-Nora, THE BRADYS; ex-Elena, TEXAS) - 57
Christopher Durham (ex-Silas, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Dakota, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Matt, CAPITOL) - 54
Lisa Guerrero (ex-Francesca, SUNSET BEACH) - 49
Paulina Porizkova (ex-Clarissa, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 48
Austin Peck (ex-Rick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Brad, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Austin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 42
Leighton Meester (ex-Blair, GOSSIP GIRL) - 27
Jesse McCartney (Tim, ARMY WIVES; ex-J.R., ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Andy, GREEK; ex-Brian, SUMMERLAND) - 26
David Jones-Roberts (Xavier, HOME AND AWAY) - 23
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