|1967: Woodward wanted to stop the experiment on DS' Barnabas.|
1986: SFT's Suzi and Cagney crashed. 1986: RH's Pat proposed.
2005: GL's Olivia admitted what she had done to Billy.
― F.W. Maitland
"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...
1947: On LORA LAWTON, Joe visited Lora (Jan Miner) at her London flat. She told him she was going to communicate with Peter through a series of pictures she drew for him.
1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Dr. Dave Woodard (Peter Turgeon) was determined to stop the Julia's (Grayson Hall) experiment on Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) when a bat appeared outside the window just before Barnabas materialized.
1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) told Ada (Constance Ford) her clever little tricks helping the Matthews family would not stop her from getting what she wanted.
1986: On SEARCH ON TOMORROW, Suzi (Terri Eoff) and Cagney's (Matthew Ashford) car was involved in a fatal accident. Suzi died and Cagney wound up paralyzed from the waist down.
1986: On RYAN'S HOPE, Pat (Malcolm Groome) proposed to Melinda (Nancy Valen) but she turned him down. They eventually married on January 23, 1987.
1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Duke (Ian Buchanan) vowed to stay by Anna's (Finola Hughes) side until Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) was locked up.
1989: Jane A. Rogers aired for the final time as Heather Donnelly in SANTA BARBARA.
1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jonathan (Michael Sabatino) threatened to cut Erica (Susan Lucci) off if she kept upping the dosage on her painkillers.
2002: Actor Dennis Patrick died at age 84. His soap roles included Paul Stoddard in DARK SHADOWS, Patrick Chapin in RITUALS and Vaughn Leland in DALLAS.
2005: On GUIDING LIGHT, Bill (Daniel Cosgrove) confronted Olivia (Crystal Chappell) about causing Billy to fall of the wagon. Olivia tried to deny it but finally admitted she tricked Billy into drinking to help Bill succeed at Lewis Construction.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Christine Jones (ex-Pamela, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Janice/Amy, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Christina, RITUALS; ex-Catsy, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Amy, LOVERS AND FRIENDS/FOR RICHER, FOR POORER) - 67
Kelly Preston (ex-Gillian, CAPITOL) - 51
Kate Walsh (ex-Addison, PRIVATE PRACTICE; ex-Addison, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 46
Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 44
Summer Sanders (ALL MY CHILDREN Guest Star) - 41
Katie Walder (ex-Shannon, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Janet, GILMORE GIRLS) - 37
Jennifer Sky (ex-Sarah, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 37
Katia Winter (Katrina, SLEEPY HOLLOW) - 30
Bailey Noble (Adilyn, TRUE BLOOD) - 23
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