Today in Soap Opera History (March 25)

1953: The Guiding Light's Bert pestered her husband, Bill.
1969: Dark Shadows' Barnabas found a strange doll's head.
1987: B&B's Ridge & Caroline revealed their engagement.
1988: General Hospital's Simone had a miscarriage.
"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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1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) tried to convince her husband, Bill (Lyle Sudrow), he had to spend money to make money.

1955: On Golden Windows, Otto prevented Carl from calling the police.

1955: On The Brighter Day, Reverend Dennis (Blair Davies) told Sharky to stop making Charlie Garrett the scapegoat.

1955: On First Love, Zach (Val Dufour) confessed to Mr. Andrews.

1974: On Days of our Lives, Julie (Susan Seaforth) destroyed her friendship with Phyllis Anderson (Corinne Conley) by marrying Phyllis's just-divorced husband, Bob (Mark Tapscott).

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1958: On As the World Turns, Jeff Baker (Mark Rydell) was on trial for the murder of Al James. In the courtroom, the prosecutor questioned Penny Hughes (Rosemary Prinz) and got her to admit that she and Jeff had been secretly married but then had the marriage annulled. When the prosecutor upset Penny, Jeff stood up and yelled at him to stop. The prosecutor succeeded in twisting Penny's testimony so that it damaged Jeff's case. In private, the prosecutor wondered if Jeff would testify in his own defense and worried that the jury would sympathize with Jeff. Jeff talked privately with his attorneys, Chris Hughes and his assistant, Tom, who convinced Jeff that he should take the stand in his own defense.

1969: On Dark Shadows, Beth (Terry Crawford) saved Judith (Joan Bennett) from Jenny (Marie Wallace), who appeared to be insane. Rachel (Kathryn Leigh Scott) told Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) all that has happened to her so he went to the tower room to investigate. Beth and Judith had cleaned it by the time Barnabas got to it. He only found a doll's head that looked beaten and abused.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Emily insisted Draper was the long lost Kirk Michaels.

1987: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Caroline (Joanna Johnson) and Ridge (Ronn Moss) told her father, Bill Spencer (Jim Storm), about their engagement.

1988: On General Hospital, Simone (Laura Carrington) had a miscarriage.

1996: On Days of our Lives, Bo (Peter Reckell), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Shawn Douglas (Collin O'Donnell) were reunited.

2004: On All My Children, Babe awoke in the hospital and, while in a state of sedation, mumbled, "My baby is dead." Later, JR introduced her to their "daughter" Elizabeth Charlotte "Bess" Chandler, who was really Bianca's daughter, Miranda.  Meanwhile, Bianca awoke saying, "Miranda."

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
William Bumiller (ex-Martin, Passions; ex-Sean, Guiding Light; ex-David, Days of our Lives) - 59
Brenda Strong (ex-Ann, Dallas; ex-Mary Alice, Desperate Housewives; ex-Jones, Twin Peaks) - 55
Marcia Cross (ex-Bree, Desperate Housewives; ex-Kimberly, Melrose Place; ex-Victoria, Knots Landing; ex-Kate, One Life to Live; ex-Tanya, Another World; ex-Liz, The Edge of Night) - 53
Thom Bierdz (ex-Phillip, The Young and the Restless) - 53
Sarah Jessica Parker (ex-Isabelle, Glee) - 51
Lark Voorhies (ex-Jasmine, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Wendy, Days of our Lives) - 41
Lee Pace (ex-Ned, Pushing Daisies) - 36
Sean Faris (Gabriel, Pretty Little Liars; ex-Ben, The Vampire Diaries; ex-Craig, Reunion; ex-Dino, Life as We Know It; ex-Darren, Undressed) - 33
Katharine McPhee (ex-Karen, Smash) - 31
Jason Castro (Guest Star, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 28

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