Today in Soap Opera History (November 27)

1970: The Hortons gathered for Thanksgiving on Days of our Lives.
1989: Peter Bergman debuted as Jack Abbott on The Young and
the Restless
.  1997: General Hospital's Quartermaines were robbed
on Thanksgiving, thanks to Tracy.  1997: The Port Charles
interns made sure Ellen and Jake had a Thanksgiving meal.
"Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years."
― Will Durant

"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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1964: On Another World, Bill (Joseph Gallison) and Missy (Carol Roux) shared a kiss on the bridge.

1970: On Days of our Lives, the Hortons celebrated Thanksgiving. "Bless this food, and give us the courage and strength to live to the fullest of all the Days of our Lives that lie ahead of us," said patriarch Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey).



1979: On The Edge of Night, Nola (Kim Hunter) insisted to Brian (Stephen McNaughton) that he only wanted Paige (Margaret Colin) because she was unattainable.



1979: On As the World Turns, Kim (Kathryn Hays) had a heart to heart talk with Betsy (Suzanne Davidson) about their relationship, and Bennett (Doug Higgins) had a strange wedding dream.



1983: Actor Peter Brandon died at age 57. His soap roles included Don Hughes on As the World Turns and its spin-off Our Private World, Terry Courtland on How to Survive a Marriage, Bruce Jamison and Dr. Lloyd on Days of our Lives, and Frank Andrews on Another World. He also guest-starred on Dallas and Knots Landing.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Eden (Mary Walker) had a dream about Cruz (A Martinez) and Kirk (Joseph Bottoms). Janice (Kathy Shower) had a photo shoot with a snake.



1989: Peter Bergman debuted as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless, replacing four-time Emmy nominee Terry Lester in the role.



1995: On One Life to Live, Viki (Erika Slezak) struggled in therapy to remember her father's murder.



1997: On Port Charles, the interns surprised Ellen (Debbi Morgan) and Jake (Rib Hillis) with Thanksgiving leftovers at the hospital.



1997: On General Hospital, Jason saved the Quartermaines from being robbed by the pizza deliverymen, hired by Tracy (Jane Elliot).



Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1997: Actress Abby Lewis died at age 87. She played Lena Andrews in Somerset, Grand Duchess in Another World, Mrs. Jackson in As the World Turns, and also appeared in Valiant Lady.

2006: Thore Schölermann debuted as Christian Mann on the popular German soap Verbotene Liebet (Forbidden Love).

2006: Matthew Morrison aired for the final time as Adam on As the World Turns after a short run which ended due to a "scheduling conflict."

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Valerie Starrett (ex-Diana, General Hospital) - 80
William Fichtner (ex-Rod/Josh, As the World Turns) - 58
Robert Doran (ex-Jamie, Another World; ex-Eddie, Love is a Many Splendored Thing) - 55
Cathy Greene (ex-Sally, Another World; ex-Lori, How to Survive a Marriage) - 51
Fisher Stevens (ex-Henry, Ryan's Hope) - 51
Diana Barton (ex-Mari Jo, The Young and the Restless) - 48
Sean Kenniff (ex-Doctor, Guiding Light) - 45
Brooke Langton (ex-Jackie, Friday Night Lights; ex-Samantha, Melrose Place) - 44
Kirk Acevedo (ex-Miguel, Oz; Charlie, Fringe) - 43
Jennifer O'Dell (ex-Lana, General Hospital) - 40
Lauren C. Mayhew (ex-Marah, Guiding Light) - 29
Alison Pill (Maggie, The Newsroom) - 29
Sasha Martin (ex-Marina, Guiding Light)

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email kevin@welovesoaps.com.

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