― 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.
On this date in...
1941: On The Guiding Light, the day of Mary (Sarajane Wells) and Ned's (Ed Prentiss) wedding finally arrived.
1966: The very first scenes for Dark Shadows were taped.
1981: On Another World, Cecile (Nancy Frangione) told Sandy (Christopher Rich) she thinks Jamie is secretly seeing Marianne. Later, Cecile wasn't in the mood when Jamie (Richard Bekins) wanted to become intimate.
1982: At the 9th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included Guiding Light (Drama Series, Writing), Anthony Geary, Robin Strasser, David Lewis and Dorothy Lyman.
The clips below feature the wins by Strasser and Geary in the lead acting categories.
1990: Days of our Lives aired a special opening that was used during the Cruise of Deception storyline.
1991: On Another World, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) told Kathleen (Julie Osburn) he wanted to start a new life with her while Ryan (Paul Michael Valley) rushed Frankie (Alice Barrett) to the hospital. An enraged Jake (Tom Eplin) confronted Paulina (Cali Timmins) over her betrayal.
1991: Roscoe Born aired for the final time as Robert on Santa Barbara.
1996: On All My Children, Trevor (James Kiberd) could not feel his legs.
1996: On Another World, Donna (Anna Stuart) escaped from her hospital room.
2009: On Guiding Light, Olivia (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia (Jessica Leccia) talked about the future of their relationship.
2009: Rachel Melvin aired for the final time as Chelsea Brady in Days of our Lives.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Roscoe Orman (ex-Tyrone, All My Children) - 71
Adrienne Barbeau (ex-Suzanne, General Hospital) - 70
Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass, Another World; ex-Cass, As the World Turns; ex-Cass, Guiding Light; ex-Marcello, One Life to Live; ex-Steve, Days of our Lives) - 67
Micheal Swan (ex-Adam, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Duncan, As the World Turns; ex-Brad, Guiding Light; ex-Buck, The Bay) - 67
Sherman Howard (ex-Gordon, General Hospital; ex-Vinnie, Ryan's Hope; ex-Japhet, Dallas; ex-Hal, Melrose Place) - 66
Peter Bergman (Jack, The Young and the Restless; ex-Cliff, All My Children) - 62
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion, Game of Thrones; ex-Marlowe, Nip/Tuck) - 46
Joshua Jackson (ex-Peter, Fringe; ex-Pacey, Dawson's Creek) - 37
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