Today in Soap Opera History (April 8)

1968: Dark Shadows' Barnabas had a strong reaction to light.
1983: Guiding Light's Nola wanted things to be perfect with Quint.
1985: Another World's Sally and Catlin were married.
2004: Days of our Lives' Bonnie enjoyed a Blue County performance.
"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, Millie Flagle and Lona Corey dyed Easter eggs for a local egg hunt. While they were chatting, Millie sensed that something wonderful was going to happen in Hawkins Falls. Soon after, a man crashed his automobile into Millie's porch. Feeling horrible over what he had done, the man, whose name was Gary Minden, entrusted his cash-filled wallet to Millie before Mitch and Dr. Corey took him to the hospital. Though Millie believed that her premonition was utterly wrong, Mrs. Corey thought something good may have come to Hawkins Falls, after all.

1968: On Dark Shadows, while driving Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) to the cemetery, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) swerved to avoid Peter Bradford and crashed the car. At the hospital, Dr. Eric Lang (Addison Powell) revealed that he knew something about Barnabas before opening the windows to reveal daylight. Barnabas screamed in terrified anguish.

1976: Murial Williams aired for the final time on Another World as Helen Moore. Helen, Lenore's mother, left Bay City to go on a cruise and never returned. Liz mentioned two months later that Helen was moving to Washington to help Lenore with Wally.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Raven (Sharon Gabet) lashed out at Steve and Calvin.

1982: Kate Linder debuted as Esther Valentine in The Young and the Restless.

1982: On Another World, Sally Frame (Jennifer Runyon) married Denny Hobson (James Horan).

1983: On Guiding Light, Nola Reardon (Lisa Brown) broke down while talking to Quint (Michael Tylo) about her past.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1985: Lanna Saunders aired for the final time as Marie Horton in Days of our Lives.

1985: On Another World, Sally Frame (Mary Page Keller) married Catlin Ewing (Thomas Ian Griffith).

1988: On General Hospital, Duke (Ian Buchanan) told Olivia (Tonja Walker) her father didn't want her involved in his organization.

1993: On The Young and the Restless, friends held a surprise party for Drucilla (Victoria Rowell) and Neil (Kristoff St. John).

1993: Joan Collins began a guest starring role on South African daily soap opera, Egoli: Place of Gold, playing Catherine Sinclair.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

2004: On Days of our Lives, country music band Blue County (Aaron Benward and Scott Reeves) performed for Bonnie (Judi Evans).

2008: Stanley Kamel, who played roles on Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Rituals and Beverly Hills, 90210, died at age 65.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ron Barker (ex-Chief Tarrington, Days of our Lives) - 75
John Schneider (ex-Johnathan, Smallville; ex-Jeffrey, 90210; ex-Marshall, The Secret Life of the American Teenager; ex-Skip, Dirty Sexy Money; ex-Ram, Nip/Tuck) - 55
Robin Wright (Claire, House of Cards; ex-Kelly, Santa Barbara) - 49
Emma Caufield (ex-Lorraine, General Hospital; ex-Susan, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 42
Rachel Roberts (ex-Alda, FlashForward) - 37
Katee Sackhoff (ex-Teddy, Nip/Tuck; ex-Annie, Undressed) - 35
Taylor Kitsch (ex-Tim, Friday Night Lights) - 34
Adrian Bellani (ex-Miguel, Passions) - 33
Kirsten Storms (Maxie, General Hospital; ex-Belle, Days of our Lives) - 31
Shelby Young (ex-Kinsey, Days of our Lives) - 23

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  1. This is why I love the Soap History column! Fascinating little tidbits like the fact that Sally Frame married Denny Hobson and Catlin Ewing on the same day, three years apart!

    Thanks for the work compiling it each day.

  2. Lisa Brown was BRILLIANT. Thank you for sharing the clip.

    Soooo...Another World's Sally Frame got married on the same day, three years apart? That's ironic.

  3. I appreciate that ingenues on soaps wear white to all of their weddings just like former spies who committed acts of treason join soap town police forces after they fall in love.

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