|1968: Barnabas fought with Jennings on DARK SHADOWS.|
1989: The Snyder brother battled on ATWT. 1991: Wayne Northrop
returned to DAYS as Roman. 2004: GH rolled out a new opening.
― Michael Crichton
"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.
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1968: On DARK SHADOWS, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) and Willie (John Karlen) went to the crypt where Tom Jennings (Donald Briscoe) kept his coffin, but when Barnabas opened the coffin, it was empty. Jennings arrived and tried to bite him.
1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Steve (Denny Albee) and Paige (Margaret Colin) faced gunshots.
1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Lydia Bruce subbed for Beverlee McKinsey as Alexandra in GUIDING LIGHT.
1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Craig (Scott Bryce) broke up a fight between Caleb and Holden (Jon Hensley).
1989: On ANOTHER WORLD, Michael (Kale Browne) warned Iris (Carmen Duncan) about dealing with Lucas (John Aprea) and she accused him of being jealous.
1991: Wayne Northrop returned as Roman Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2004: GENERAL HOSPITAL debuted its new "Sirens" opening sequence which famously featured Anthony Geary (Luke) walking out of the shot at the end.
|2010: ATWT's Bob revealed Nancy had died.|
2010: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Bob (Don Hastings) told the Hughes family that Nancy had died. Helen Wagner played Nancy Hughes since the very first episode of ATWT and spoke the show's first line in 1956 ("Good morning, dear."). She passed away on May 1, 2010, less than two months before the show wrapped production. When the series ended its run on September 17, 2010, Hastings fittingly spoke the last line as her son, Bob ("Goodnight."), a role he had played since 1960.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Warren Buffett (ALL MY CHILDREN guest star) - 83
Elizabeth Ashley (ex-Emma, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Madge, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 74
Charles Taylor (ex-Bud, THE BRIGHTER DAY; ex-George, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 73
Ben Jones (ex-Judge Manning, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 72
Peggy Lipton (ex-Norma, TWIN PEAKS) - 67
Debbie McLeod (ex-Rene, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Jane, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Lori, ANOTHER LIFE; ex-Connie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Marlena, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 55
Michael Michele (ex-Jane, GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Nikki, CENTRAL PARK WEST) - 47
Anne Sayre (Tina, GOTHAM; ex-Mitzi, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Pam, ANOTHER WORLD)
Kimberley Joseph (ex-Joanne, HOME AND AWAY; ex-Cindy, LOST) - 39
Sarah-Jane Potts (ex-Leanne, EMMERDALE; ex-Jo, WATERLOO ROAD; ex-Eddi, HOLBY CITY) - 37
Elden Henson (ex-Paul, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 36
Colleen Broomall (ex-Dani, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 30
Emily Montague (ex-Abby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 29
Johanna Braddy (ex-Jordan, GREEK) - 26
Nathaniel Gleed (ex-Liam, EASTENDERS) - 16
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