Today in Soap Opera History (August 23)

1960: Alan was unhappy about Susan's dinner guest on THE
SECRET STORM. 1984: Jonathan fantasized about getting rid of
Nola STAR TREK style on GL. 2000: Jensen Ackles left DAYS.
2006: Jeffrey Carlson debuted as Zarf on AMC.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times."
-Machiavelli

"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...

1960: On THE SECRET STORM, Bryan (Carl King) was invited over for dinner with Susan (Mary Foskett) and Alan (James Vickery), who was less than thrilled about it.



Patty Weaver
1966: On ANOTHER WORLD, Danny Fargo (Antony Ponzini) and Missy Palmer (Carol Roux) were married.

1974: Patty Weaver debuted as Trish Clayton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Nola (Lisa Brown) was determined to give Jonathan (Damion Scheller) a normal childhood, which led to his "Star Trek" fantasy where he destroys Nola with a mind meld.



1985: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) agreed to meet Patch (Stephen Nichols) at Pier 19 to find otu what happened to Bo's (Peter Reckell) in Stockholm.



1995: Actress Leslie Graves, who played Brenda Clegg on the CBS daytime soap opera CAPITOL, died at age 35.

1996: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) caught Stefan (Stephen Nichols) snooping in Room 666.



2000: Jensen Ackles aired for the final time as Eric Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.



2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Donna Love (Anna Stuart) decided to become nanny to Jake and Vicky's twins.

2001: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) and Brady (Kyle Lowder) sang "Sixteen Going On Seventeen."

2004: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Nora (Hillary B. Smith) and Daniel went on a double date with John and Evangeline.



2006: Jeffrey Carlson debuted as Zarf on ALL MY CHILDREN.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rick Springfield
Marian Seldes (ex-Denise, LOVING; ex-Sonya, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Ava, GUIDING LIGHT) - 85
Barbara Eden (ex-Lee Ann, DALLAS) - 79
Rowena Wallace (ex-Mary, NEIGHBOURS; ex-June, HOME AND AWAY; ) - 66
Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 64
Frank Runyeon (ex-Steve, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Michael, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Forrest, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Simon, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Ed, ANOTHER WORLD) - 60
Charles Busch (ex-Peg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 59
Chris Potter (ex-Evan, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-David, QUEER AS FOLK) - 53
Alli Brown (ex-Sarah, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 45
Ray Park (ex-Edgar, HEROES) - 39
Brandon Tyler (ex-Philip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Annie Ilonzeh (Joanna, ARROW; Lana, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Maya, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 30
Kim Matula (Hope, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 25
Karolina Sivas (Vivie, BROKEN AT LOVE) - 25

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