Today in Soap Opera History (March 28)

1977: Ryan's Hope's Maeve tried to reason with her son-in-law.
1983: Guiding Light's Silas held Quint at gunpoint.
1997: The final episode of ABC daytime soap opera The City.
2008: Guiding Light's Gus crashed his motorcycle.
"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 Hawkins Falls, reporter Mitch Fredericks (Jim Bannon) and Millie Flagle (Ros Twohey) persuaded the biggest donor to the town's fair, Andy Anderson, that he had psychic powers. Once Andy was convinced of his abilities, Mitch got him to predict that Hawkins Falls would become a booming industrial city, with the intention of printing a story quoting Andy's predictions. Mitch believed he could fulfill the prophecy by publishing it, thus bringing interest and future success to Hawkins Falls.

1969: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) discovered Dirk outside, and claimed Jamison was missing.

1977: On Ryan's Hope, Maeve (Helen Gallagher) urged Jack (Michael Levin) to reconsider the annulment. Father McShane refused to answer the chancery letter until Jack had his bypass surgery, buying Mary (Kate Mulgrew) more time. Refusing to allow the situation to get the best of him, Jack vowed to have surgery right away.

1980: Mark Tapscott aired for the final time as Bob Anderson in Days of our Lives. Tapscott died in 1993 at age 68 after a battle with lung cancer.

1983: On Guiding Light, Silas (Benjamin Hendrickson) held Quint (Michael Tylo) at gunpoint while they were trapped in a cave.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1984: On Dynasty, Dex (Michael Nader) was angry with Alexis over her dealings with Rashid Ahmed.

1985: On Knots Landing, Karen refused to sell Knots Landing Motors since it was Sid's dream for Eric and Michael, but they told her it wasn't their dream.

1986: Rob Estes made his first appearance as Glenn Gallagher in Days of our Lives.

1988: On General Hospital, Tom (David Wallace) was granted bail.

1989: On As the World Turns, Shannon (Margaret Reed) received a disturbing phone call.

1997: The City, a spin-off of Loving, aired its final episode. The show was co-created by Loving creator Agnes Nixon, and Loving's last pair of headwriters, Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown.

2008: On Guiding Light, Gus (Ricky Paull Goldin) was brought into Cedars Hospital with a severe head trauma after crashing his motorcycle.

2011: Mark Hapka aired for the final time as Nathan Horton in Days of our Lives.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ken Howard (ex-George, The Young and the Restless; ex-Garrett, Dynasty) - 71
Richard Backus (ex-Ted, Another World; ex-Barry, Ryan's Hope; ex-Jason, Lovers and Friends; Writer for As the World Turns; One Life to Live; Days of our Lives) - 70
Janice Lynde (ex-Peggy, Diary of a Single Mom; ex-Leslie, The Young and the Restless; ex-Laurel, One Life to Live; ex-Gloria, General Hospital; ex-Tracy, Another World) - 67
Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope, Guiding Light; ex-Nurse, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 67
Reba McEntire (Guest Star, One Life to Live) - 60
Todd Curtis (ex-Jordy, Capitol; ex-Skip, The Young and the Restless) - 56
Siena Goines (ex-Callie, The Young and the Restless; ex-Valerie, Passions) - 46
Annie Wersching (ex-Alison, Dallas; ex-Amelia, General Hospital) - 38
Julie Stiles (ex-Blue, Blue) - 34
Lacey Turner (Stacey, EastEnders) - 27
Jhoanna Flores (ex-Adriana, The Young and the Restless)
Laura Harrier (ex-Destiny, One Life to Live)

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