Today in Soap Opera History (May 19)

1967: Dark Shadows' Maggie disappeared from the hospital.
1980: Edge of Night's "Kirk" (aka Draper) was hit by a car.
1992: Days of our Lives' Brady was born. 1994: General
Hospital's Tony listened to B.J.'s heart in Maxie.
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

"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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1964: On Another World, Janet (Liza Chapman) learned that her father, Will, had a cardiac condition for the past five years which he kept secret from his family. Note: Will had just died when Another World premiered.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) disappeared from Collinsport Hospital.



1978: On Another World, Angie Perrini (Maeve Kinkead) married Otis "Vince" Frame (Jay Morran), the brother of the man she truly loved.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1980: On The Edge of Night, "Kirk Michaels" (Tony Craig) was hit by a car outside the hotel.



1986: On Santa Barbara, Kelly (Robin Wright) pushed Dylan Hartley (Page Moseley) out a window to his death.

1992: On Days of our Lives, Isabella (Staci Greason) gave birth to a baby boy, Brady Black.



1994: On General Hospital, Tony (Brad Maule) informed Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) that Maxie's heart transplant was a success. Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) comforted Tony and Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman). After a cold encounter with Tony, Bobbie was consoled by Damian Smith. Tony checked in on Maxie and listened to her new heart.



Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1995: At the 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included General Hospital (Drama Series, Writing), All My Children (Directing), Guiding Light's Justin Deas (Lead Actor), One Life to Live's Erika Slezak (Lead Actress), Guiding Light's Jerry verDorn (Supporting Actor), General Hospital's Rena Sofer (Supporting Actress), General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson (Younger Actor) and All My Children's Sarah Michelle Gellar (Younger Actress).

The following montage was used to present General Hospital:



Lyrics below:

General Hospital in Port Charles that's the place
Kevin and Ryan cane face to face
Katherine and Lois became Ned's wife
B.J.'s heart saved Maxie's life
You and me together, every day
The General Hospital way
Monica fought a battle that we hope is through
Luke and Laura welcomed little Lesley Lu
An affair undid her marriage, Bobbie fought right back
Robin dated Stone, in spite of Uncle Mac
When we get together, every day
The General Hospital way
Edward is back, added a branch on his family tree
Puerto Rico soon became the romantic place to be
General Hospital is an Emmy nominee


In the clip below, Anthony Geary and Genie Francis present Jonathan Jackson with his first Emmy award:



John Beradino
1996: John Beradino, best known to soap fans as Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital since the show premiered in 1963, died at age 79. He received three Emmy nominations for best actor in a daytime drama.

Beradino was born in Los Angeles and as a child appeared in the "Our Gang" comedies. A high school football and baseball star, he won a football scholarship to the University of Southern California in 1936 but switched to baseball a year later.

He joined the St. Louis Browns as an infielder in 1939, but his career was interrupted by four years with the Navy in World War II. On his return to baseball, he played second base and shortstop for the Browns, the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates until a leg injury ended his career in 1953.



1998: On The Young and the Restless, the committee reversed their decision and put Michael (Christian LeBlanc) on probation for a year with Christine (Lauralee Bell) as his monitor.

2000: At the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included General Hospital (Drama Series, Directing), General Hospital's Anthony Geary (Lead Actor), The Bold and the Beautiful's Susan Flannery (Lead Actress), The Young and the Restless' Shemar Moore (Supporting Actor), General Hospital's Sarah Brown (Supporting Actress), The Young and the Restless' David Tom (Younger Actor) and The Young and the Restless' Camryn Grimes (Younger Actress).

The clips below feature the wins for David Tom and Camryn Grimes.



2001: Former daytime soap opera writer Pat Falken-Smith (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Guiding Light, Ryan's Hope) died at age 75.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Marilyn Chris (ex-Wanda, One Life to Live; ex-Edie, All My Children) - 77
Marie Wallace (ex-Molly, One Life to Live; ex-Johnsie, Guiding Light; ex-India, Another World; ex-Megan, Dark Shadows) - 76
Archie Manning (Guest Star, All My Children) - 66
Leslie Denniston (ex-Carolyn/Karen, As the World Turns; ex-Maeve, Guiding Light; ex-Jessica, Ryan's Hope) - 65
Steven Ford (ex-Andy, The Young and the Restless') - 59
Timothy Owen Waldrip (ex-Dan, One Life to Live; ex-Rob, Loving) - 51
Joshua Beckett (ex-Josh, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 50
Cwennen Corral (ex-Maddie, The Cavanaughs)
Drew Fuller (ex-Trevor, Army Wives) - 35
Jessica Fox (Nancy, Hollyoaks) - 35

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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