|1969: DARK SHADOWS' Petofi traveled to 1969 in Quentin's|
body. 1973: AW's Steve & Alice had a revealing
talk. 1984: RYAN'S HOPE began airing in a new time
slot. 2010: OLTL's Viki wanted Echo to leave Llanview.
― 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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1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Count Petofi, in Quentin's body, informed Angelique she had to follow his orders in the future. Julia (Grayson Hall) realized that Petofi (Thayer David) was really Quentin (David Selby) but then disappeared back to 1969.
1973: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) told Steve (George Reinholt) she knew he had been with Rachel on the day Alice lost her baby.
1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lt. Lewis arrived from Oakdale to question Bennett in his investigation into the attacks on Grant Colman (James Douglas).
1982: On DALLAS, J.R. (Larry Hagman) schemed to get an advance look at Jock's will.
1983: Joan Hackett, who played Gail Prentiss in YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE, died at age 49.
1984: RYAN'S HOPE moved to the Noon ET timeslot on ABC with LOVING getting the show's old 12:30 p.m. ET slot. It was an unpopular move with fans (and some actors) who felt ABC was favoring LOVING, the newest creation from Agnes Nixon. The ratings for RYAN'S HOPE would suffer and ABC aired the final episode of the show on January 13, 1989.
1984: ABC merchandising licensed a series of posters and stickers featuring six the network's hunky daytime soap stars: GENERAL HOSPITAL'S Steve Bond and Brian Patrick Clarke, ALL MY CHILDREN's Michael E. Knight and Laurence Lau, RYAN'S HOPE's Grant Show, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robert S. Woods..
1985: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Abe (James Reyolds) found out McBride was the bad cop.
1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) told Eden (Marcy Walker) the truth about Katie.
1996: William Prince, who played Ken Baxter as part of the original cast of ANOTHER WORLD, died at age 83.
1999: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Eric (John McCook) was thrilled then Taylor told him one of the twins was named Stephanie.
2007: Telenovela AL DIABLO CON LOS GUAPOS premiered.
2008: Beloved ALL MY CHILDREN actress Eileen Herlie passed away at age 88. She was nominated for three Emmy Awards for her work as Myrtle Fargate on the soap.
2010: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Viki (Erika Slezak) told Echo (Kim Zimmer) to leave town.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sigourney Weaver (ex-Avis, SOMERSET) - 64
Edward Zwick (Executive Producer, THIRTYSOMETHING; MY SO-CALLED LIFE) - 61
James DePaiva (Eddy, TAINTED DREAMS; ex-Max, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Eddie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 55
Emily Procter (ex-Ainsley, THE WEST WING) - 45
Jeremy Davies (ex-Daniel, LOST) - 44
Dylan Neal (Jack, CEDAR COVE, Anthony, ARROW; ex-Doug, DAWSON'S CREEK; ex-Cory, PACIFIC PALISADES; ex-Dylan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 43
Derk Cheetwood (Max, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 41
Adrian Morales (ex-Bryan, THE CAVANAUGHS)
Kristanna Loken (ex-Paige, THE L WORLD; ex-Dani, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 34
J.R. Ramirez (ex-Eddie, HACIENDA HEIGHTS) - 33
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