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Today in Soap Opera History (November 16)

1981: Luke and Laura's wedding began.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― J. Norman Cousins

"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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1970: On DARK SHADOWS, Gerard (James Storm) cast a spell that caused Desmond (John Karlen) to choke.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) began, a ceremony that was watched by a record 30 million viewers.



1981: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) agreed to consider Steve's (David Canary) commission to create a sculpture for the Bel Aire Towers.



1981: On TEXAS, Justin (Jerry Lanning) received surprising news from Dr. Bernard Kirkman (Christopher Goutman). Goutman returned to TEXAS in 1982 as George St. John.



1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey) defended a hospitalized Phillip at a Spaulding Enterprises meeting.



1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, an unconscious Jake (Tom Eplin) suddenly opened his eyes.

1995: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sami (Alison Sweeney) gave birth to Will.



1995: On THE CITY, Tess (Catherine Hickland) assigned Ally (Laura Wright) to be the photographer for Danny's (T.W. King, aka Ted King) shoot, much to Ally's displeasure. Later, Dan tried to comfort Ally, who was having a tough time adjusting to New York City.

1997: Actor George Petrie died on his 85th birthday. His soap roles included Harv Smithfield in DALLAS, Judge Lowell in GENERAL HOSPITAL, and Dr. Perry in THE SECOND HUNDRED YEARS. He also two characters in THE EDGE OF NIGHT (Peter and Sgt. Fisk).

2000: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) visited David (Vincent Irizarry) and wanted to know what happened the night before.



2009: Actor Edward Woodward, who played Tommy in EASTENDERS, died at age 79.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patricia Barry (ex-Sally, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Addie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Carla, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Peg, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Isabella, LOVING; ex-Janine, DALLAS) - 92
Jay Hammer (ex-Fletcher, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Jesse, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Max, TEXAS) - 69
Mary Linda Rapelye (ex-Maggie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Faith, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 69
David Leisure (ex-Charles, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Roger, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 63
Stephen Meadows (ex-Peter Flint, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Patrick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 62
Marg Helgenberger (ex-Siobhan, RYAN'S HOPE) - 55
Maeve Quinlan (ex-Megan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Betsy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Tricia Cast (Nina, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Christy, SANTA BARBARA) - 47
Lisa Bonet (ex-Maya, LIFE ON MARS) - 46
Tammy Lauren (ex-Maggie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 45
Martha Plimpton (Patti, THE GOOD WIFE) - 43
Troy Hall (ex-Tito, ANOTHER WORLD) - 39
James Carlton (ex-Jason, EMMERDALE) - 36
Alexa Havins (ex-Esther, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY; ex-Babe, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 32
Kimberly J. Brown (ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) - 29

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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