|1964: ABC daytime soap THE YOUNG MARRIEDS premiered.|
1979: Mary Crosby took over the role of Kristin on DALLAS.
1984: CBN aired the final episode of ANOTHER LIFE.
2009: An angry EJ confronted Nicole about Sydney on DAYS.
― 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.
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1964: THE YOUNG MARRIEDS premiered on ABC. The show was created by James Elward and written by Elward with Frances Rickett. Among its cast were future DAYS OF OUR LIVES actors Peggy McCay, Brenda Benet and Susan Seaforth Hayes. The series finale aired on March 25, 1966.
1977: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Marco (Gerald Anthony) asked Dorian for a job at The Banner.
1979: Two important recasts debuted in the episode of DALLAS titled "The Silent Killer." Keenan Wynn succeeded David Wayne as Digger Barnes and Mary Crosby replaced Colleen Camp as Kristin Shepard.
1979: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Luke (Anthony Geary) raped Laura (Genie Francis).
1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, as Lisa (Eileen Fulton) settled into her new life away from Oakdale, Hester (Ann Stanchfield) assured Bennett (Doug Higgins) she wouldn't stir up any trouble. Penny mysteriously called Bob (Don Hastings) from Europe.
1984: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) aired the final episode of ANOTHER LIFE. Co-created by Roy Winsor and Bob Aaron, the show premiered on June 1, 1981, and ran for 875 episodes.
1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Brooke (Julia Barr) was upset that Adam (David Canary) hired Kendall (Sarah Michelle Gellar) to be her personal assistant at Tempo.
2000: GILMORE GIRLS premiered on the WB network.
2001: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) survived the fall she took after Jacques kissed her at the Eiffel Tower.
2009: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, EJ (James Scott) demanded Nicole (Arianne Zucker) tell him the truth about Sydney.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peter Brown (ex-Greg, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Charles, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Doctor, GENERATIONS; ex-Tom, DALLAS; ex-Robert, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Blake, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUITIFUL) - 78
Thom Christopher (ex-Carlo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Dax, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Dante, LOVING; ex-Noel, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 73
Nancy Barrett (ex-Faith, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Carolyn, DARK SHADOWS; ex-Kathy, THE DOCTORS) - 70
Karen Allen (ex-Annie, KNOTS LANDING) - 62
Guy Pearce (ex-Mike, NEIGHBOURS) - 46
Peter Vroom (ex-Lance, HOME AND AWAY) - 45
Josie Bissett (ex-Kathleen, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER; ex-Jane, MELROSE PLACE) - 43
Parminder Nagra (ex-Lucy, ALCATRAZ) - 38
David Zyla (Former Costume Designer, ALL MY CHILDREN; PORT CHARLES)
Brendan Coughlin (Tad, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 30
Noah Segan (ex-Conner, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 30
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