Today in Soap Opera History (March 10)

1961: Finale of daytime soap opera Full Circle aired on CBS.
1981: GH's Susan was shocked to learn PJ was Steven Lars.
1994: Another World's "Kate" introduced herself to John.
1997: B&B's Stephanie and Eric made love.
"Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature."
― David Hume

"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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1961: CBS aired the final episode of daytime soap opera Full Circle. The half-hour series starred Dyan Cannon as Lisa Crowder and Jean Byron as Kit Aldrich.  It was the first soap opera to be broadcast live from Hollywood. The opening credits below are from the July 1, 1960 episode.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Draper Scott (Tony Craig) dealt with the aftermath of the train crash.

1981: On Another World, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) refused to listen to Jamie (Richard Bekins), who told him he didn't know Cecile (Susan Keith) was going to announce their marriage. Jamie promised Cecile that nothing would ruin their marriage. Mac (Douglass Watson) suggested Rachel accept Jamie's marriage, but she felt she had already lost Jamie as a son.

1981: On General Hospital, Susan (Gail Ramsey) was shocked when Alan (Stuart Damon) confirmed that PJ was really Steven Lars.

1986: On Santa Barbara, Gina (Robin Mattson) and Kirk (Joseph Bottoms) rehearsed killing Eden (Robin Mattson) at the boathouse. After Mason (Lane Davies) got drunk at the rehearsal dinner for his wedding to Santana (Gina Gallego), Cruz (A Martinez) asked Santana to marry him instead.

1994: On Another World, Kate Baker (Anna Holbrook), one of Sharlene's personalities, introduced herself to John (David Forsyth).

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1995: On One Life to Live, a drunken Todd (Roger Howarth) called Blair (Kassie DePaiva) and told her to forget she ever knew him.

1997: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Eric (John McCook) checked out the house after Stephanie (Susan Flannery) heard a strange noise. The two of them reminisced about old times and ended up making love.

1997: Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on The WB network. Sarah Michelle Gellar starred as Buffy Summers.

1998: CBS aired a special primetime episode of The Young and the Restless.

2004: Brock Cuchna aired for the final time as Paul Cramer on One Life to Live.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Alice Hirson (ex-Mimsy, The Secret Life of the American Teenager; ex-Stephanie, The Edge of Night; ex-Marsha, Another World; ex-Marsha, Somerset; ex-Eileen, One Life to Live; ex-Mrs. Van Gelder, General Hospital; ex-Mavis, Dallas) - 86
Richard Gant (ex-Russell, General Hospital: Night Shift) - 71
Shannon Tweed (ex-Savannah, Days of our Lives; ex-Diana, Falcon Crest) - 58
Ariane Munker (ex-Marianne, Another World ex-Melinda, As the World Turns; ex-Kim, Days of our Lives; ex-Christie, Guiding Light; ex-Amanda, Ryan's Hope) - 55
Jasmine Guy (Mattaline, If Loving You Is Wrong; ex-Sheila, The Vampire Diaries) - 53
Maria Arena Bell (Former Executive Producer/Head Writer, The Young and the Restless) - 52
Senait Ashenafi (ex-Keesha, General Hospital) - 49
Jon Hamm (ex-Don, Mad Men) - 44
Cristián de la Fuente (ex-Maximiliano, Quiero Amarte; ex-Daniel, Valient Love; ex-Daniel, Amor Bravio; ex-Eric, Private Practice) - 41
Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie, One Life to Live) - 40
Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, The Young and the Restless; ex-Shayne, Guiding Light; ex-Jonathan, All My Children) - 38
Bree Turner (ex-Tina, Undressed) - 38
Jay Wilkinson (ex-Riley, One Life to Live) - 37
Ben Crowley (ex-Leo, Undressed) - 35
Olivia Wilde (ex-Jewel, Skin; ex-Alex, The O.C.) - 31
Erika Schaefer (ex-Lexi, Fashion House) - 31

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