|1967: Julia was certain Barnabas wanted her dead on DARK|
SHADOWS. 1980: EON's Cliff survive the Clown Puppet.
1983: KNOT LANDING's Gary and Val slept together.
― J. Norman Cousins
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1967: On DARK SHADOWS, after a run-in with Carolyn, Julia (Grayson Hall) was more certain than ever that Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) was planning to kill her.
1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Walter (Val Dufour) was thrilled when Lenore (Judith Barcroft) told him she was pregnant.
1977: On GUIDING LIGHT, a hateful Georgene Granger (Delphi Harrington) was in town swearing vengeance against Rita Stapleton (Lenore Kasdorf) for the death of her husband, Malcolm Granger.
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1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Cliff (Ernie Pysher) survived the Clown Puppet attack.
1983: On KNOTS LANDING, Lilimae (Julie Harris) is arrested after hitting Chip with her car. Val (Joan Van Ark) was upset about Lilimae so Gary (Ted Shackelford) comforted her and they ended up sleeping together. Val later learned she was pregnant from this post-divorce encounter (with twins Bobby and Betsy).
1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Olivia (Tonja Walker) survived through the night following her surgery. Victor Jerome was released from jail.
1992: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ross (Jerry verDorn) had a dream about the women in his life while awaiting election results.
1993: John Lupton, who played Tommy Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Everett Thornton in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, died at age 65.
1999: Australian soap BREAKERS aired for the final time after a 430 episode run. The series revolved around The Breakers building situated near Bondi Beach, and the lives of the people who work and live there.
2006: Donny Osmond appeared on ALL MY CHILDREN.
2008: Croatian soap ZABRANJENA LJUBAV aired its final episode after a three year run.
2009: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, after being kidnapped and held hostage by Claudia in a cabin, Carly went into premature labor and gave birth to Josslyn.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peggy McCay (Caroline, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Iris, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Vanessa, LOVE OF LIFE) - 83
Lois Smith (Ruth, RUTH & ERICA; Adele, TRUE BLOOD; ex-Allison, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 83
Ron Leath (Henderson, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 76
JD Souther (Watty, NASHVILLE) - 67
Roseanne Barr (ex-Jennifer, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 61
Kate Capshaw (ex-Jinx, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 60
Philippe Brenninkmeyer (ex-Carter, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Martin, GUIDING LIGHT) - 49
Sean Ringgold (ex-Shaun, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 36
Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 30
Shayna Rose (ex-Stephanie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 30
Timothy Patrick Murphy, who played Spencer Langley on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Mickey Trotter in DALLAS and Chip Craddock on GLITTER, would have turned 54 today. He passed away in 1988 at age 29.
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