Today in Soap Opera History (March 24)

1975: Y&R's Kay begged Phillip not to leave her.
1987: One Life to Live's Viki visited heaven.
1987: B&B's Brooke confided in Stephanie.
2008: Days of our Lives' Shawn & Belle left Salem.
"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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1955: On The Inner Flame, Walt (Karl Swenson) was unwilling to accept Murray's help.

1955: On Golden Windows, Carl told Charles (Eric Dressler) he would confess his crimes.

1955: On One Man's Family, Hazel and Bill returned from their honeymoon.

1955: On Concerning Miss Marlowe, Barbara finally met Belle Mere in Boston.

1966: Don Gordon debuted on Peyton Place as Richard Jensen, a man from Stella Chernak's past.



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1975: On The Young and the Restless, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) begged Phillip (Donnelly Rhodes) not to leave after he told her their marriage was over.



1980: On The Edge of Night, Emily told amnesiac Draper (Tony Craig) that she new him.



1981: Gregg Marx debuted as David Banning in Days of our Lives. Dick Billingsley also made his first appearance as Scotty Banning.

1981: On Another World, Jamie (Richard Bekins) took another amphetamine to stay awake and work.



1987: Susan Flannery made her first appearance as Stephanie Forrester on the second episode The Bold and the Beautiful.



1987: On One Life to Live, while she was in a coma and hooked up to life support machines after an operation, Viki (Erika Slezak) had a vision of what heaven was like; Larry informed Viki's family and friends of her condition and the possibilities of her coming out of the coma; Viki was overjoyed to see that all of her family and many friends were in heaven and that they were all happy; she learned how proud her father really was of her and also of all the bad things he did while he was married; Maria got an earful from Asa warning her not to attempt to move in on Clint, who was extremely vulnerable now; Viki was troubled when she realized that her children were being left behind with no one to look after them; she learned that she was actually alive and realized that the attempts to persuade her to let go of her life on Earth came from her loved ones in heaven; and Clint and Tom talk about Viki, whom they both love very much.



1989: Shelley Taylor Morgan aired for the final time as Angelica in Days of our Lives.

1989: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Stephanie (Susan Flannery) tried to comfort a distraught Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) who was worried about having a miscarriage.



1994: On All My Children,, Jackson (Walt Willey) made his closing argument at Erica's (Susan Lucci) trial.



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the two items above.

2004: On All My Children, after finding Babe and Bianca, their loved ones question Paul Cramer (David Tom), who told them that baby girl in the remaining incubator was JR and Babe's daughter and that Bianca's baby was missing.



2004: On One Life to Live, Kelly named the baby boy Paul stole him from Babe Chandler "Asa 'Ace' Buchanan" and introduced him to Kevin.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the two items above.

2005: On Guiding Light, Gus (Ricky Paull Goldin) went back to the courtroom to support Harley despite having a bleeding ulcer.



2008: Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison aired for the final time as Shawn Brady and Belle Black Brady in Days of our Lives. In the episode, Shawn, Belle, and Claire said their goodbyes and left to sail around the world.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Camila Ashland (ex-Alice, General Hospital,; ex-Mrs. Purdy/Mrs Hutchins/Minnie, Dark Shadows) - 96
Donna Pescow (ex-Lynn, All My Children,; ex-Gertrude, General Hospital; One Life to Live) - 60
Kim Johnston Ulrich (ex-Ivy, Passions; ex-Diana, As the World Turns) - 58
Terrell Anthony (ex-Rusty, Guiding Light) - 55
Star Jones (Herself, All My Children,) - 52
Lisa Lord (ex-Maureen, All My Children,; ex-Grace, Port charles; ex-Antoinette, General Hospital) - 50
Kirk Geiger (ex-Kevin, One Life to Live; ex-Chad, Days of our Lives) - 45
Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna, Twin Peaks) - 44
James Napier (ex-Glen, Shortland Street) - 32
Courtney Chase (ex-Sarah, One Life to Live) - 25

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email kevin@welovesoaps.com.

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