|2007: AS THE WORLD TURNS' Luke & Noah shared an|
historic kiss. ONE LIFE TO LIVE celebrated 10,000 episodes.
-Robert Penn Warren
"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.
On this date in...
1967: Julia (Grayson Hall) warned Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) not to become too chummy with Barnabas (Jonathan Frid).
1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sam berated Rachel (Robin Strasser) for running to Ada about their argument.
1984: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) got away with the prism with help from Alice and Howie.
1988: Victoria Shaw, who played Kira Faulker on GENERAL HOSPITAL in the mid-1970s, died at age 53.
1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) received flowers from Gregory.
1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Danny (Michael Damian) was suspected of substance abuse.
1992: Elizabeth Keifer debuted as Blake in GUIDING LIGHT.
2001: Actor Gerald Gordon died at age 67. His soap roles included Nick Bellini in THE DOCTORS and Mark Dante on GENERAL HOSPITAL.
2007: ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired its 10,000th episode. Beloved characters returned to Llanview to celebrate the life of character Asa Buchanan including Nathan Fillion (Joey Buchanan), Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), Tonja Walker (Alex Olanov) and James DePaiva (Max Holden).
"10,000 shows is a remarkable achievement," said executive producer Frank Valentini, who started at ONE LIFE TO LIVE in 1985 with episode 4209. "I am extremely proud to be part of a show that has been able to make such an enduring mark on popular culture."
2007: Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) shared their first (historic) kiss on AS THE WORLD TURNS. YouTube clips of the kiss have been watched by millions of fans since that day.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jennifer Rhodes (ex-Leilani, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 66
Julian Fellowes (Producer/Writer, DOWNTON ABBEY) - 64
Wesley Eure (ex-Mike, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
Kate McNeil (ex-Karen, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 54
Orlagh Cassidy (Colleen, EMPIRE; ex-Doris, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Sloane, ANOTHER WORLD) - 46
Mark Salling (Puck, GLEE) - 31
Bryton James (Devon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 27
Brady Corbet (ex-Derek, 24) - 25
Austin Butler (Wilke, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Jones, LIFE UNEXPECTED) - 22
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