Today in Soap Opera History (December 27)

1979: KNOTS LANDING premiered. 1988: GH's Sean called
in his marker with Colton. 1999: GL's Danny gave Michelle
a special Christmas gift. 2002: B&B's Brooke had to admit
to Eric she slept with their daughter's husband.  2002: DAYS'
Chloe learned Craig was her father.
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
- 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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1963: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Emory (William Berger) came closer to realizing his murderous plan.

1979: KNOTS LANDING, a spin-off of DALLAS featuring Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene (Joan Van Ark) Ewing, premiered on CBS.  The KNOTS LANDING concept was actually created before DALLAS but DALLAS made it to the air first. The show was more episodic in the first season before becoming serialized once Abby (Donna Mills) arrived.



1983: On RYAN'S HOPE, Johnny (Bernard Barrow) had a warning for Joe.



1985: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Bo (Peter Reckell) told Hope (Kristian Alfonso) to not get involved with his investigation to prove Shane was not a double agent.



1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sean (John Reilly) convinced Colton (Scott Thompson Baker) to join him in the investigation.



1999: Jay Kenneth Johnson debuted as Philip Kiriakis in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1999: On GUIDING LIGHT, Danny (Paul Anthony Stewart) gave Michelle (Bethany Joy Lenz) a necklace with a gold house along with plans for their house at Laurel Falls.



2002: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Eric (John McCook) was disgusted with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) after finding out Hope was Deacon's daughter.



2002: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Nancy (Patrick Darbo) and Craig (Kevin Spirtas) told Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) that Craig was her biological father.



2004: Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES head writer Peggy Phillips died at age 88.

2010: Sarah Glendening debuted as Marissa Tasker on ALL MY CHILDREN.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Amos (ex-Percy, THE WEST WING) - 74
Toni Bull Bua (ex-Tess, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Denny, SOMERSET)
Barbara Crampton (ex-Leanna, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Leslie, SPYDER GAMES; ex-Maggie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Mindy, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Trista, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 55
Eva La Rue (ex-Marie, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Margot, SANTA BARBARA) - 47
Wilson Cruz (Gabe, HUSTLING; ex-Vincent, SINGLE LADIES) - 40
Emilie de Ravin (Belle, ONCE UPON A TIME; ex-Claire, LOST) - 32
Chloe Bridges (Donna, THE CARRIE DIARIES; ex-Alexis, 90210) - 22

Elinor Karpf, the co-creator of daytime soap opera CAPITOL, would have turned 74 today.  She passed away on October 21, 2013.

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