|1975: Serena shot her husband on The Edge of Night.|
1989: Santa Barbara's Julia & Michael made love.
1999: Guiding Light's Drew disrupted Michelle's trial.
2009: General Hospital featured karaoke night at Jake's.
― 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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1942: On Clara, Lu and Em Lu (Dorothy Day) and Em (Harriet Allyn) discussed Christmas presents.
1964: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) agreed to see a psychiatrist.
1975: On The Edge of Night's second ABC episode, Serena Faraday (Louise Shaffer) shot her husband Mark on the courthouse steps.
1983: On One Life to Live, David (Michael Zaslow) was in the line of fire.
1983: The cast of Another World finished a five-day "Battle of the Soap Stars" against the cast of Search for Tomorrow on the game show Go.
1985: On Days of our Lives, Bo (Peter Reckell), Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) and Miss Peach (Diana Webster) followed a lead on the location of The Pawn.
1986: On Santa Barbara, Cruz Castillo (A Martinez) shot Danny Andrade (Rupert Ravens).
1988: Eileen Davidson aired for the final time to end her first run (1982-1988) as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
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1989: On Santa Barbara, Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn) made love with Michael (Frank Runyeon).
1999: On Guiding Light, Drew (Tammy Blanchard) stood up and screamed at Michelle during Michelle's trial for murdering Ben.
2009: On General Hospital, it was karaoke night at Jake's. Diane belted out "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Mac (John J. York) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) performed "Dancing In The Streets," and Luke (Anthony Geary) and Ethan (Nathan Parsons) sang "Stray Cat Strut."
2010: On One Life to Live, Eddie met Clint, who bailed him out. Their meeting was interrupted twice, first by Bo, who was unaware Eddie was in the house and, second, by Joey Buchanan, who had returned to Llanview. After Joey blithered on about his love life, Clint and Eddie resumed their business.
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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ron Raines (ex-Carl, One Life to Live; ex-Alan, Guiding Light) - 65
Steven Bauer (ex-Eduado, Hacienda Heights) - 58
Dan Gauthier (ex-Kevin, One Life to Live; ex-Jeff, Melrose Place; ex-Dick, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 51
Brendan Coyle (John, Downton Abbey) - 51
Lisa Connor (Writer, General Hospital; Days of our Lives; The Young and the Restless; As the World Turns; All My Children) - 51
Rena Sofer (Quinn, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Rocky, Loving; ex-Lois, General Hospital; ex-Joyce, Another World) - 46
Jennifer Bransford (ex-Carly, General Hospital; ex-Georgie, One Life to Live; ex-Pamela, Another World) - 46
Lucy Liu (ex-Nola, Dirty Sexy Money) - 46
Nelly Furtado (Guest Star, 90210) - 36
Melissa Archer (Serena, Days of our Lives; ex-Natalie, One Life to Live) - 35
Daniela Ruah (ex-Gigi, Guiding Light; ex-Constanca, Filha do Mar; ex-Daniela, Tu e Eu) - 31
Cassie Steele (ex-Abby, The L.A. Complex; ex-Manny, Degrassi: The Next Generation) - 25
Jonathan Frid, best known for his portrayal of Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, was born 90 years ago today. Frid died on April 14, 2012, at age 87.
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