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"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...
1973: Denise Alexander aired for the final time as Susan Hunter Martin in Days of our Lives.
1976: On Days of our Lives, Jennifer Rose Horton was born. The character is played today by Melissa Reeves.
1979: On Another World, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) was intrigued by Buzz's idea that she pay off Blaine. Buzz encouraged Blaine to bleed Rachel dry.
1979: On Ryan's Hope, Faith (temporarily played by Katherine Justice) visited Tom and told him she had new information which might persuade him to change his mind about his refusal to stay with her at the Coleridge house.
1980: On The Edge of Night, Derek (Dennis Parker) told Calvin (Irving Allen Lee) and Deborah (Frances Fisher) he thought Draper killed Margo.
1985: On Santa Barbara, Kelly (Robin Wright) wondered if she should delay her wedding to Joe (Mark Arnold) after receiving white carnations.
1989: On Another World, Jamie Frame (Laurence Lau) married Vicky Hudson (Anne Heche).
1992: On The Young and the Restless, a hospitalized Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) finally woke up.
1995: On One Life to Live, Joey (Nathan Fillion) wanted to know what Viki (Erika Slezak) did to Dorian.
1996: On Another World, after learning Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) was trying to get a murder confession out of him, Grant (Mark Pinter) held Vicky hostage and threatened to kill her.
2008: Elizabeth Hendrickson debuted as Chloe Mitchell on The Young and the Restless.
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2009: Longtime One Life to Live actor Philip Carey (Asa Buchanan) died at age 83.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Zsa Zsa Gabor (ex-Lydia, As the World Turns) - 98
Mike Farrell (ex-Milton, Desperate Housewives) - 76
Michael Tucker (ex-Harry, Ryan's Hope) - 70
Robert Townsend (Producer, Los Americans; Diary of a Single Mom) - 58
Ben Lawson (ex-Liam, The Deep End; ex-Frazer, Neighbours) - 35
Alice Greczyn (ex-Mads, The Lying Game) - 29
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