Today in Soap Opera History (June 12)

1981: General Hospital's Luke had a calling. 1984: Jack Boyd
arrived in Edge of Night's Monticello. 1990: A topless Carly
impressed Justin on Days of our Lives. 2000: The Bold and
the Beautiful's
Brooke played footsie with Thorne.
"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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1936: Popular serial Just Plain Bill aired on CBS Radio for the final time. The show returned in September on NBC, where it remained until 1954.

1941: On The Guiding Light, Rose Kransky (Ruth Bailey) remained after hours with her boss, Jack Felzer, to compensate for the time she took to attend Ned and Mary's wedding. Jack asked about the nuptials, which led to a discussion of how Rose, Ned, and Mary all grew up in Five Points. Rose realized why Jack knew so much about her background: He had read about her in the newspapers during her recent court appearance. Jack told her that he admired her conduct under such trying circumstances. She admitted that she wanted to escape her former life. Implying that he was romantically interested in her, Jack counseled Rose to simply accept her destiny.

1981: On General Hospital, Luke (Anthony Geary) wasn't so sure he had a calling for missionary work.



1984: On The Edge of Night, Jody's (Karrie Emmerson) from from Wellington College, Jack Boyd (John Allen Nelson), arrived in Monticello



1990: Crystal Chappell debuted as Carly Manning debuted in Days of our Lives.



1992: CBS aired a special Guiding Light 40th TV anniversary special.



1994: O.J. Simpson's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered.

2000: On The Young and the Restless, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) accused Ashley (Eileen Davidson) of sneaking around behind her back with Victor. Ashley told her she was going too far with her accusations, and Nikki walked toward her saying it was Ashley that had gone too far.

2000: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) seduced Thorne (Winsor Harmon).

2003: On Days of our Lives, Bart (Steve Blackwood) said goodbye to a dead Rolf.



2006: Mary Beth Evans returned to Days of our Lives as Kayla Brady Johnson after 14 years away. In addition to her starring role on The Bay, Evans is also currently recurring in ABC Family's new drama Chasing Life.

2007: On Passions, while Fancy waits for a DNA match in Eve's office, the blackmailer approaches her with a rope in hand.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Roger Aaron Brown (ex-Danny, Days of our Lives; ex-Senator Fuller, General Hospital) - 66
Timothy Busfield (ex-Danny, The West Wing; ex-Elliot, thirtysomething) - 58
Rebecca Holden (ex-Elena, General Hospital) - 57
Jenilee Harrison (ex-Jamie, Dallas) - 57
Felicia M. Bell (ex-Simone, General Hospital; ex-Glynnis, Days of our Lives) - 55
John Enos III (ex-Newscaster, Days of our Lives; ex-Bobby, The Young and the Restless; ex-Bobby, Melrose Place) - 53
Eamonn Walker (ex-Kareem, Oz) - 53
Nadine Stenovitch (ex-Josie, Another World)
Frances O'Connor (ex-Zoe, Cashmere Mafia) - 48
Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, The Young and the Restless; ex-Don, Veronica Mars) - 40
Dave Franco (ex-Zachary, Privileged; ex-Gonzo, Greek) - 30
Valentina de Angelis (ex-Faith, As the World Turns; ex-Carmen, Gossip Girl) - 26

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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