Today in Soap Opera History (December 7)

1979: EON's "Mrs. Corey" kept an eye on Deborah's
condition. 1979: ATWT's Lisa & Bob danced while Bennett
fumed. 1984: Roman's wake on DAYS. 1998: GH's Alan
found Tammy next to his dead drug dealer.
"That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it."
- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

"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.

On this date in...

1941: On THE STORY OF MARY MARLIN, Davey's intended destination was exposed further. An NBC News bulletin, one of the first known casualty reports to come from Pearl Harbor, arrives just before the day's episode of this popular soap opera.

1941: On VIC & SADE, Vic (Art Van Harvey), Rush (Bill Idelson), and Uncle Fletcher (Clarence Hartzell) arrive home all at once...just in time to handle a peculiar storage problem.

1941: On ONE MAN'S FAMILY, everyone was keeping their feelings about Irene Franklin to themselves.

1956: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Larry (Bill Zuckert) attempted to murder Mike Karr (John Larkin).

1977: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Ed (Al Freeman Jr.) asked Brad (Jameson Parker) to stop by his office. Elsewhere, Will (Anthony George) refused to tell Pat (Jacqueline Courtney) and Paul (Tom Fuccello) about his conversations with Brian.

1978: Leon Mirell, former executive producer of GENERAL HOSPITAL, died at age 55.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Bennett (Doug Higgins) stormed off at the night-before-the-wedding dinner while Lisa (Eileen Fulton) and Bob (Don Hastings) were dancing. Later at The Willows, Lisa discovered a woman passed out on the floor.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Steve (Denny Albee) found a barely conscious Deborah (Frances Fisher), who had been drugged by "Mrs Corey".

1983: On CAPITOL, Myrna (Marj Dusay) admitted to Sam (Richard Egan) that she help felt helpless over Fran's (Lana Wood) accusations that she had an illegitimate child with him. Meanwhile, Brenda (Leslie Graves) declared, "I'm must be the only girl in history that has two brothers, one sister, and feels like the only child."

1984: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Marlena (Deidre Hall) was furious when Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy) showed up at Roman's wake. Watch here. The actor playing an alive Roman Brady today, Josh Taylor, attended Roman's wake back in 1984 when he was still starring as Chris Kositchek.

1988: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) encouraged Sharlene (Anna Holbrook) to attend the Snowflake Ball.

1990: DARK SHADOWS actress Joan Bennett, who played Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and several other roles in the series, died at age 80.

1998: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Alan (Stuart Damon) arrived at Felicia's room and found an unconscious Tammy (Patricia Healy) in bed next to a dead drug dealer.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Teal Ames (ex-Sarah, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 82
Vincent Baggetta (ex-Pete, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING; ex-David, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-John, THE COLBYS; ex-Ray, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 66
Melanie Vincz (ex-Corinne, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 64
Kevin Stapleton (ex-Kevin, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Patrick Fabian (ex-Ted, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Shiri Appleby (ex-Cate, LIFE UNEXPECTED; ex-Little Girl, SANTA BARBARA) - 35
Nicholas Hoult (ex-Tony, SKINS) - 24

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