Today in Soap Opera History (March 19)

1979: Another World's Alice wasn't sure she should marry Dan.
1979: Guiding Light's newly arrived Ross rook Roger's case.
1990: General Hospital's "Duke" died in Anna's arms.
2004: All My Children's Bianca gave birth to Miranda.
"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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1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) was shot in the shoulder after a struggling over a gun with her prison guard (Howard Honig). Peter Bradford (Roger Davis) and Victoria attempted to leave the jail.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, Johnny (Bernard Barrow) made peace with Mary (Kate Mulgrew), despite his conviction that Jack Fenelli was not the man for her. Meanwhile, Faith arrived home and settled in but Kenneth was lurking.

1979: On Another World, Alice Matthews Frame Frame Gordon (Susan Harney) was indifferent when Dan Shearer (Brian Murray) talked about their wedding plans.

1979: On Guiding Light, Adam Thorpe (Robert Milli) found a lawyer to represent his son Roger (Michael Zaslow): Ross Marler (Jerry verDorn), who had just arrived in Springfield.

"I know you've been accused of raping your wife, and I know there's a new law here that allows those charges, and that this would be a test case," Ross told him.

Later, Hope Bauer (Elvera Roussel) returned to Springfield, and a judge awarded custody of Phillip (Jarrod Ross) to Elizabeth (Lezlie Dalton) instead of Alan (Christopher Bernau) and Jackie (Cindy Pickett) Spaulding.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clips above.

1982: On Dallas, Bobby Ewing's (Patrick Duffy) worst fears were realized when Jeff Farraday was murdered; but a much worse blackmailer took his place - his brother J.R. (Larry Lagman). With copies of Christopher's adoption records in his possession, J.R. realized that he was probably the real father and could force Bobby to do his will so that Pam would never find out.

1985: On Santa Barbara, C.C. (Charles Bateman) was shocked to learn his late wife, Sophia (Judith McConnell), was alive.

1987: On Capitol, Sloane Denning (Debrah Farentino) faced charges of treason in the war-torn Middle Eastern country of Baracq.

1990: On General Hospital, Anna Devane Lavery (Finola Hughes) tried to go for help for Duke Lavery (Greg Beecroft) but he insisted it was too late. He died in her arms just as Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) arrived. Robert and Katherine called off their wedding.

1991: On Guiding Light, Maureen (Ellen Parker) told Ed (Peter Simon) that she was seeing Dr. Sedwick about a possible procedure that might allow her to have a baby.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1997: Camryn Grimes debuted as Cassie Newman (then known as Cassie Johnson) on The Young and the Restless. In the episode, the prison matron brought Grace the note that Mr. Becker wrote for her before he died that mentioned Alice. Tony and Grace (Jennifer Gareis) went to a house at the address Becker provided but learned Alice no longer lived there. As they drove away, a school bus dropped off a little girl (Cassie), who went inside the house they had just visited.

2004: On All My Children, Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) gave birth to a baby girl, Miranda.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the two items above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Ryan (ex-John, Another World; ex-John, Somerset; ex-Ben, Ben Jerrod) - 86
Phyllis Newman (ex-Renee, One Life to Live) - 82
Christopher Murray (ex-Mountie, General Hospital; ex-Les, Knots Landing) - 58
Shelly Burch (ex-Delilah, One Life to Live) - 56
Connor Trinneer (ex-Zeus, One Life to Live) - 46
Dalton James (ex-Hank, Passions; ex-Mark, Beverly Hills, 90210; ex-Dylan, Crossroads) - 43
Virginia Williams (ex-Brandy, As the World Turns; ex-Lorna, One Life to Live) - 37
Josie Loren (ex-Kaylie, Make It or Break It) - 28
Freddie Smith (Sonny, Days of our Lives; ex-Marco, 90210) - 28

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