Today in Soap Opera History (October 17)

1988: GL's Josh & Reva argued. 1988: DAYS' Tom &
Alice were married.  2002: AMC's Leo & Vanessa died at
Miller's Falls.  2007: DAYS' John "died" in the hospital.
"The man for whom history is bunk is almost invariably as obtuse to the future as he is blind to the past."
― J. Frank Dobie

"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...

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Matthew (Thayer David) tried to dissuade Mrs. Johnson (Clarice Blackburn) from working at Collinwood, but she accepted Elizabeth's (Joan Bennett) offer to be housekeeper.



1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lois suggested that "studying" with Betsy (Suzanne Davidson) would be a great cover for going to parties. Dee (Jacqueline Schultz) received a returned letter.



1980: Daniel David debuted as Eliot Carrington in TEXAS.  James Douglas had played the role on ANOTHER WORLD from 1972-1974.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Cliff had a run-in with Raven (Sharon Gabet) at the Unicorn.



1988: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice Horton (Frances Reid) were married again.



1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Josh (Robert Newman) wanted to know if he and Reva (Kim Zimmer) still had a chance.



1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Nina (Tricia Cast) reveled in having Jill (Jess Walton) right where she wanted her.

2002: On ALL MY CHILDREN, during a struggle over her gun, Leo (Josh Duhamel) and Vanessa (Marj Dusay) both fell off a bridge to their deaths at Miller's Falls.





2007: John Black (Drake Hogestyn) "died" on DAYS OF OUR LIVES after being hit by a car. He would turn up alive in January 2008.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Steve Doubet (ex-David, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 59
Hilary Edson (ex-Eve, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Stacey, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Tania, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 48
Deanna Russo (ex-Logan, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 34
Chris Lowell (ex-Dell, PRIVATE PRACTICE; ex-Jonathan, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT) - 29
Max Irons (King Edward, THE WHITE QUEEN) - 28
Sam Martin (Jason, COST OF CAPITAL)

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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