Today in Soap Opera History (May 25)

1967: Dark Shadows' Maggie struggled to retain her identity.
1981: Another World's Cecile told Rachel that Mac had a son.
2004: Days of our Lives' Alice was very much alive.
2005: The truth about One Life to Live's Daniel was exposed.
"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, Mary (Virginia Dwyer) pleaded with Pat (Susan Trustman) to get a chaperone for her weekend with Tom.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) accused Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott), dressed in Josette's wedding dress, of trying to leave him.



1981: On Another World, Cecile (Susan Keith) told Rachel (Victoria Wydham) that Sandy Alexander was Mac's biological son.



1984: On Ryan's Hope, Maggie (Cali Timmons) revealed her feelings to Frank (Geoffrey Pierson).



1988: On The Young and the Restless, the Abbotts celebrated Traci's (Beth Maitland) pregnancy.

1992: New Zealand primetime soap Shortland Street premiered.  The show would eventually become the country's longest running soap opera.

1994: At the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included All My Children (Drama Series), Michael Zaslow, Hillary B. Smith, Justin Deas, Susan Haskell, Roger Howarth and Melissa Hayden.

Watch Michael Zaslow's win in the clip below:



1999: The entire cast of Another World assembled on May 25 to tape the show’s final episode, which aired on June 25.

2004: On Days of our Lives, Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Alice (Frances Reid) were found alive on Melaswen.  Roman (Josh Taylor) explained to Marlena that they were in a replica of Salem and the murder victims were actually alive.



The show debuted a special opening that day.



2005: On One Life to Live, during a political press conference, Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) arrested Daniel Colson (Mark Dobies) for the murder of Paul Cramer. As questions regarding motivation arose, Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier) outed Daniel to everyone assembled, including his wife, Nora (Hillary B. Smith), with Daniel's secret lover, Mark Solomon (Matt Cavenaugh) also stepping forward.



Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ian McKellen (ex-Mel, Coronation Street) - 76
Erica Fitz (ex-Leona, Dark Shadows) - 73
Barbara Stanger (ex-Mary, Days of our Lives; ex-Gail, The Edge of Night; ex-Laura, Love is a Many Splendored Thing; ex-Barbara, As the World Turns) - 66
Patti D'Arbanville (ex-Selena, Guiding Light; ex-Christy, Another World) - 64
Hillary B. Smith (Ellie, Fumbling Thru The Pieces; Guya, Venice; ex-Nora, One Life to Live; ex-Margo, As the World Turns; ex-Stacy, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Kit, The Doctors) - 58
Susan Diol (ex-Emmy, Days of our Lives; ex-Alexis, General Hospital; ex-Angela, One Life to Live) - 53
Marie-Alise Recasner (ex-Lynn, Days of our Lives; ex-Ellen, Port Charles; ex-Alice, Santa Barbara) - 53
Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Anthony, Days of our Lives; ex-Ziggy, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Brian, All My Children) - 48
Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) - 46
Erinn Hayes (ex-Racquel, Parenthood) - 39
Esmé Bianco (ex-Ros, Game of Thrones) - 33
Hunter Canning (ex-Jack, The Outs)

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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