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Today in Soap Opera History (July 28)


On this date in...

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) downed a bottle of sleeping pills.

1986: On RYAN'S HOPE, after Frank had been shot, Rick (Grant Show) told Ryan (Yasmine Bleeth) he had been working undercover.



1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lien (Ming-Na Wen) wanted to slow things down when they became too heated with Andy (Scott DeFreitas).



1992: Richard Burgi debuted as Philip Collier in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Pine Valley dealt with the aftermath of the tornado.



1995: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sami (Alison Sweeney) fainted at Austin (Austin Peck) and Carrie's (Christie Clark) wedding.



1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dana and Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) made their opening arguments at Nick's trial.

1997: Jensen Ackles debuted as Eric Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1998: On GUIDING LIGHT, Blake was in the hospital claiming that she could remember anything about the rape -- and paralyzed by Ross's accidentally shooting her in an effort to save her from Ben. Ross was arrested for attempted murder, and Rick offered to care for their children, much to Hart's dismay. Dinah suspected that Blake willingly submitted to Ben's advances and warned her to implicate Ben in the rape in order to get Ross released from jail. Michael Burke, distraught over the fact that Vicky stole his cloning research to foster Alan's evil plans, planted a bomb in the Spaulding Labs in order to destroy his work. His plan succeeded, but fatal consequences ensued. Meanwhile, Sean was hiding out in Cassie's home after breaking out of prison. He needed to prove that his ex-wife and partner ran off together and staged her murder in order to get Sean arrested. Cassie was worried that things would not work out between Hart and her, and that he might really be the father of Dinah's baby.

1998: Don Diamont returned to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as Brad Carlton. He had left Y&R in 1996 after 11 years.

2006: Mary J. Blige made a guest appearance on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. She visited Llanview again in February 2008.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sally Struthers (ex-Jennifer, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Babette, GILMORE GIRLS) - 65
Georgia Engel (ex-Esmeralda, PASSIONS) - 65
Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210; ex-Jody, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 49
Toni Ann Johnson (ex-Melissa, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 45
Scott Egan (ex-Johnny, GENERAL HOSPITAL)  - 43
Elizabeth Berkley (ex-Kelly, THE L WORD) - 41
Billy Aaron Brown (ex-Billy, UNDRESSED) - 32
Tom Pelphrey (ex-Mick, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Jonathan, GUIDING LIGHT) - 31
Dustin Milligan (ex-Ethan, 90210) - 31
Alexandra Chando (ex-Emma/Sutton, THE LYING GAME; ex-Maddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 27

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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