Today in Soap Opera History (December 12)

1967: The Doctors' Matt was annoyed to find Nick and John
arguing again. 1986: Ryan's Hope's& Rick wanted more time with
Ryan. 1995: One Life to Live's Viki remembered Tori killed
Victor. 2003: As the World Turns' Rose D'Angelo died.
"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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1957: On The Edge of Night, Ed (Les Damon) confessed his guilt to Mike about stabbing Thompson in the back.

1967: On The Doctors, Matt (James Pritchett) interrupted up the latest heated argument between Nick (Gerald Gordon) and John (Terry Kiser).

1970: Actress Carolyn Craig, who played Cynthia Allison in General Hospital, died at age 36. Her death was attributed to a gunshot wound, and a possible suicide, but little is known about exactly what happened.

1972: Mike Hammett debuted as Dennis Carrington in Another World.

1979: On As the World Turns, Bennett (Doug Higgins) gave Lisa (Eileen Fulton)a copy of his novel which included a special message for Lisa in the last paragraph: "And so it was Lisa who finally taught me what love and Loving are all about. Like her laughter, she'll always be in my memory, and wherever I go and whatever I do that's worthwhile in my lifetime, it will be because she once loved me."

1979: On Another World, Jeff (Dan Hamilton) tried to force Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) to swallow pills.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Geraldine (Lois Kibbee) named Jamey her beneficiary.

1984: On Search for Tomorrow, Brett (Brett Porter) invited Justine (Leslie Stevens) to the Murder With Merriment party.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Alice (Frances Reid) advised Hope (Kristian Alfonso) to give Bo (Peter Reckell) time to come around.

1986: On Ryan's Hope, Rick (Grant Show) was frustrated by Ryan's (Yasmine Bleeth) busy schedule.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1988: On Loving, Stacey (Lauren-Marie Taylor) battled for custody of her son.

1990: Heather Tom debuted as Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1995: On One Life to Live, Viki (Erika Slezak) confessed that Tori had killed Victor Lord and not Dorian (Robin Strassser).

2003: On As the World Turns, Rose D'Angelo (Martha Byrne) died after asking Paul (Roger Howarth), "Why did you do this to me?"

2006: On All My Children, Erin Lavery (Connie Fletcher) was killed by the Satin Slayer.

2007: On As the World Turns, Emma (Kathleen Widdoes) invited Noah (Jake Silbermann) to the farm for Christmas.

Thanks to Stacey for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Dan Hamilton (ex-David, Guiding Light; ex-Robert, The Secret Storm; ex-Hal, All My Children; ex-Jeff, Another World; ex-Wade, The Edge of Night; ex-Thornton, As the World Turns; ex-Eric, Dallas) - 69
Wings Hauser (ex-Greg, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jay, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 67
Ernie (Townsend) Pysher (ex-Cliff, The Edge of Night; ex-Kent, As the World Turns; ex-Larry, Falcon Crest) - 66
Ana Alicia (ex-Melissa, Falcon Crest; ex-Alicia, Ryan's Hope) - 57
Sheree J. Wilson (ex-Claudia, DeVanity; ex-April, Dallas) - 56
Holly Gagnier (ex-Ivy, Days of our Lives; ex-Cassie, One Life to Live) - 52
Teresa Blake (ex-Gloria, All My Children) - 51
Burke Moses (ex-Curtis, Loving; ex-Briggs, Guiding Light; ex-Sean, As the World Turns; ex-Bulge, One Life to Live; ex-Andrew, All My Children) - 50
Mädchen Amick (ex-Catherine, Gossip Girl; ex-Carrie, Central Park West; ex-Shelly, Twin Peaks) - 44
Regina King (ex-Sandra, 24; ex-Loving) - 44
Rod Brogan (ex-Tripp, One Life to Live) - 41
Mayim Bialik (ex-Wilameena, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 39

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  1. So happy to see these memories from 1979 and 2007 ATWT! The 2007 episode showcased especially fine moments for Kathleen Widdoes, Jon Hensley, Jake Silbermann and Van Hansis.

  2. ^^ I completely agree. Kathleen Widdoes was always so good and woefully underused on ATWT. Jon Hensley was fantastic when involved in the Luke storylines.

    As much as I loved Martha Byrne, Rose D'Angelo tainted my feelings for her! Rose was horrid and took up so much screen tim

  3. Loved seeing Emma's relationship with Noah develop over time. ;-)