Today in Soap Opera History (April 23)

1968: Dark Shadows' Angelique appeared to Barnabas in a dream.
1986: Santa Barbara's Pearl remembered his name under hypnosis.
2002: Passions' Sheridan came face to face with Luis.
2008: As the World Turns' Luke and Noah shared a kiss.
"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, Angelique (Lara Parker) appeared to Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) in a dream and told him that he could not escape her or her revenge. She warned him to beware of dreams, as that is the way the curse would return to him.



1971: Actor House Jameson died at age 68. During his career, Jameson played roles in Another World, The Edge of Night and Dark Shadows. He was featured earlier this year in Retro TV's 1968 reruns of The Doctors in the role Nathan Bunker.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Mike (Forrest Compton) hired Cliff to work at his law firm.



1981: On General Hospital, Alan (Stuart Damon) told Susan that he wanted to update his will.



1984: On Days of our Lives, Diane Parker (DeAnna Robbins) wasn't happy to see her pimp, Nick Corelli (George Jenesky, now known as Conrad Dunn) at Shenanigans.



1985: On Guiding Light, while being held captive by Floyd, India managed to record over Phillip's taped confession.



1986: On Santa Barbara, Pearl (Robert Thaler) revealed his real name while under hypnosis: Michael Baldwin Bradford III.



1990: ITV daytime soap opera Families premiered. Created by Kay Mellor, the show ran until August 24, 1994.

1990: On The Young and the Restless, Brock (Beau Kazer) felt something wasn't right about Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) as he left the country.

1992: Longtime Days of our Lives producer Jack Herzberg died at age 75.

2002: On Passions, Luis (Galen Gering) and Sheridan (Mackenzie Westmore) came face to face at the masquerade ball.



2006: Actress Susan Browning died at age 60. She played roles in Love is a Many Splendored Thing, One Life to Live and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

2007: CBS aired the 13,000th episode of As the World Turns.

2009: On As the World Turns, Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) shared their first kiss in seven months, which officially ended the "kissing ban" that was mandated by Procter & Gamble.



2009: ABC began broadcasting General Hospital in high definition.

Today's Birthdays:
Lee Majors (ex-Ken, Dallas) - 76
Blair Brown (ex-Nina, Fringe) - 69
Paulette Breen (ex-Claudette, All My Children) - 68
Craig Sheffer (ex-Ian, One Life to Live) - 55
Melina Kanakaredes (ex-Eleni, Guiding Light) - 48
Daphne Bloomer (ex-Colleen, The Bay; ex-Marty, General Hospital; ex-Eugenia, Days of our Lives) - 42
Barry Watson (ex-Randy, Days of our Lives; ex-Matt, 7th Heaven) - 41
Terri Simmons (ex-Parker, Pretty)
John Cena (WWE) - 38
Jaime King (ex-Lemon, Hart of Dixie) - 36
Aaron Hill (ex-Beaver, Greek) - 32
Jesse Lee Soffer (ex-Will, As the World Turns; ex-Max, Guiding Light) - 31
Molly Burnett (Melanie, Days of our Lives; Lisa, Empire; Sarah, Venice) - 28

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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