Today in Soap Opera History (May 20)

1969: Dark Shadows' Laura was stopped by Angelique.
1983: Ryan's Hope's Delia spotted a familiar face in a play.
1994: General Hospital's Bobbie was kicked out by Tony.
2008: All My Children's Greg visited Jenny's grave.
"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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1966: On Another World, Bill (Joseph Gallison) joked about Missy (Carol Roux) being an heiress, but Missy wasn't interested in the money she inherited from her mother.

1969: On Dark Shadows, Angelique (Lara Parker) grabbed the hammer and stake away from Laura (Diana Millay), "My name is Angelique, perhaps you have heard of me." The two women clashed and Angelique became angry and threatened Laura: "I am going to destroy you!"

1980: On One Life to Live, Dorian (Robin Strasser) told Viki (Erika Slezak) that she was very impressed with Ted Clayton.

1983: On Ryan's Hope, Delia (Ilene Kristen) and Siobhan (Marg Helgenberger) went to see a play about the women's movement.   Alaina Reed (227) guest-starred as a member of the cast and sang "Home to Myself." Delia recognized her as the woman working with Charlotte.

1994: On General Hospital, Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) grew closer as he encouraged her to not feel guilty that B.J.'s tragic death saved their daughter's life.  Mac (John J. York) called off his engagement to Felicia.  Lucy (Lynn Herring) turned to Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) for comfort.  Tony (Brad Maule) went home to check on Lucas and became enraged after Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) entered the brownstone with Ruby (Norma Connolly). Tony and Bobbie fought and later had to tell Lucas about BJ's death. Tony advised his wife to pack her things and go, then refused to listen when she tried to explain why she fell for Damian. Ruby tried to intercede with Bobbie and Tony but Tony threw Bobbie out.

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2003: Trevor St. John debuted on One Life to Live as Walker Laurence.  The character was later revealed to be Todd Manning.  In 2011 his identity was changed again to Todd's twin, Victor Lord Jr.

2003: On The Young and the Restless, an unwelcome Charlotte Ramsey (Elizabeth Harrower) informed Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) that Jill was her daughter. This rewrite of Jill's history as a Foster came in at #10 on the We Love Soaps 25 Biggest Blunders of Daytime Soap Opera History list.

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2005: At the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included General Hospital (Drama Series, Directing), Christian LeBlanc, Erika Slezak, Greg Rikaart, Natalia Livingston, David Lago and Eden Riegel.

In the clip below, hosts Deidre Hall, Eric Braeden and Susan Lucci open the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.

In the clip below: Greg Rikaart wins in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category:

2008: Laurence Lau returned to All My Children as Greg Nelson.

2010: Web soap The Cavanaughs premiered.

2011: Professional wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage died at age 58.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
David Hedison (ex-Arthur, The Young and the Restless; ex-Spencer, Another World; ex-Roger, The Colbys) - 88
Constance Towers (Helena,General Hospital; ex-Julianna, Sunset Beach; ex-Clarissa, Capitol; ex-Audrey, The Young and the Restless; ex-Marian, Love is a Many Splendored Thing) - 82
Jane Wiedlin (ex-Gretel, Spyder Games) - 57
Bronson Pinchot (ex-Patrick, The Young and the Restless) - 56
Tony Goldwyn (Fitzgerald, Scandal) - 55
Paolo Seganti (ex-Arturo, One Life to Live; ex-Damian, As the World Turns) - 50
Mindy Cohn (ex-Dylan's Mom, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 49
Matt Czuchry (Cary, The Good Wife; ex-Chris, Friday Night Lights) - 38
Miriam Parrish (ex-Jamie, Days of our Lives) - 38
Eric Priestley (ex-Kenny, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-David, Port Charles) - 37
Jack Gleeson (Joffrey, Game of Thrones) - 23
Chad Connell (ex-Ben, Degrassi; ex-Rick, Undressed) - 22

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