|1968: DARK SHADOWS' David felt guilty. 1978: Bobby|
Ewing was kidnapped. 1979: ATWT's Lisa met Brad
Hollister. 1986: CAPITOL's Sloane and hubie found a
mysterious note in Carla's apartment.
- Winston Churchill
"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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1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Virginia interrupted Peter's call with the governor and insisted Sybil be terminated.
1968: On DARK SHADOWS, David (David Henesy) began having pangs of guilt for causing Roger's "accident."
1978: On DALLAS, a trio of kidnappers held Bobby (Patrick Duffy) hostage for $1.5 million. Cliff (Ken Kercheval) delivered the money and secured Bobby’s release, but they were almost shot when J.R. (Larry Hagman), Ray (Steve Kanaly) and several ranch hands ambushed the kidnappers.
1979: Peter Brouwer debuted as Brad Hollister on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Brad showed up at the Wade Bookstore just as it had closed. Lisa (Eileen Fulton) finally let him and he asked for a first edition of Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi." It turned out Lisa knew Brad's brother, Stan.
Note: Five months later Peter Reckell joined ATWT as Brad's younger brother, Eric.
1986: On CAPITOL, Sloane (Debrah Farentino) and Hubie found Carla's (Maggie Sullivan) ransacked room and saw a notepad covered with the initials M.A.D.
1987: DAYS OF OUR LIVES stars Frances Reid and Macdonald paid tribute to the late Betty Corday at the end of that day's episode. Mrs. Corday, who became executive producer of DAYS after her husband's (Ted Corday) death, passed away on November 17.
1987: On KNOTS LANDING, Jill confronted Val, (Joan Van Ark) accusing her of putting on a manipulative "helpless" act and using the children as "bait" to get Gary back, which she angrily denied.
1991: ABC aired the 6,000th episode of ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
1993: Kassie Wesley (now Kassie DePaiva) made her first appearance as Blair Cramer on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Mia Korf originated the role in 1991.
1996: On EASTENDERS, Grant and Tiffany's evening ended in disaster.
2003: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Heather Tom aired as Victoria Newman for the final time. Victoria left Genoa City furious with Nick (Joshua Morrow) for turning Victor into the police.
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2010: Neil Patrick Harris announced via Twitter that THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star Eric Braeden would not be reprising his role as Robin's father on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. In his tweet, Harris called Braeden a "D-Bag" for deciding at the last minute not to film a scheduled appearance on the hit comedy.
"Eric Braeden is a D-Bag," wrote Harris. "The actor, (Robin's dad) agreed to a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn't 'substantial' enough."
The show hired Ray Wise to replace Braeden. Wise was recently hired by Y&R to play Dylan's father, and Nikki's former cult leader, Ian Ward.
2007: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, The paternity results for Victoria's baby were revealed.
2010: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, The Balkan was revealed.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Susan Watson (ex-Rita, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 75
Bill Pullman (ex-Oswald, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY) - 60
Barry Livingston (ex-Headmaster, REVENGE) - 60
Clive Robertson (ex-Ben/Derek, SUNSET BEACH) - 48
Sean Patrick Thomas (ex-Solomon, RINGER) - 43
Sonia Satra (ex-Barbara, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Lucy, GUIDING LIGHT) - 42
Sarah Paulson (Cordelia/ex-Lana/Billie Dean, AMERICAN HORROR STORY; ex-Lydia, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 39
Napiera Groves (ex-Bonnie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 38
Mark Lawson (Brody, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 35
Veronica Lauren (ex-Cynthia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Sarah, DARK SHADOWS) - 33
Emma Bell (Emma, DALLAS; ex-Amy, THE WALKING DEAD) - 27
Mitchel David Federan (ex-Petey, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 22
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