Today in Soap Opera History (June 13)

1984: Guiding Light's Lujack and Beth hit the beach. 1984: Edge
of Night's Gunther noticed something off about Sky. 1985: Patch
arrived in Salem on Days of our Lives. 2005: Michael wasn't
thrilled Carly had married Alcazar on General Hospital.
"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.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, Lee (Gaye Huston) gave Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) a warm welcome home.

1966: Most of Dark Shadows' first episode was taped. Episode #1 was shot  twice with the second tape being the one that actually aired.

1983: On All My Children, Palmer (James Mitchell), Daisy (Gillian Spencer) and Bonkers (executive producer Jacqueline Babbin's real life cat) spent a romantic evening at home.



1984: On The Edge of Night, Miles (Joel Crothers) called Didi (Mariann Aalda) for help with Beth, while Gunther (David Froman) noticed something was off with Sky (Larkin Malloy).



1984: On Guiding Light, Beth (Judi Evans) and Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) walked on the beach, while Reva (Kim Zimmer) fretted over Josh's (Robert Newman) condition.



1985: Stephen Nichols debuted as "Patch" on Days of our Lives.



1986: On Capitol, Jordy (Russell Todd) told Leanne (Christine Kellogg) that Kate had lost the part in her movie a week earlier.

1987: Actress Geraldine Page, who played Amelia Whitley in the Loving pilot in 1983, died at age 62.

1991: Camilla Scott aired for the last time as Melissa Anderson on Days of our Lives.

1994: Actress K. T. Stevens, who played Vanessa Prentiss on The Young and the Restless, died at age 74. Her other soap roles included Helen Martin on Days of our Lives and Peggy Mercer on General HospitalL.

2005: On General Hospital, Carly (Jennifer Bransford) and Lorenzo (Ted King) announced their marriage.



2007: On As the World Turns, Luke (Van Hansis), Noah (Jake Silbermann) and Maddie (Alexandra Chando) worked on an intern project for WOAK.



2013: On One Life to Live, Todd (Roger Howarth) told Blair (Kassie DePaiva) that he must kill Victor (Trevor St. John) or everyone he loves will die.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sam Groom (ex-Russ/Jacob, Another World; ex-Thomas, Our Private World; ex-Joseph, All My Children; ex-Ted, One Life to Live) - 77
Tom Hallick (ex-Brad/Truck Driver, The Young and the Restless; ex-Maxwell, Days of our Lives) - 74
Malcolm McDowell (ex-Crispin, Crossroads) - 72
Patricia Estrin (ex-Joan, Another World) - 66
Richard Thomas (ex-Tom, As the World Turns; ex-Chris, A Flame in the Wind; ex-Richard, From These Roots; ex-Ben, The Edge of Night) - 64
Jonathan Hogan (ex-Mitchell, Ryan's Hope; ex-Walter, One Life to Live; ex-Jason, As the World Turns) - 64
Ann Wilkinson (ex-Laurel, A New Day in Eden) - 62
Ally Sheedy (ex-Sarah, Kyle XY) - 53
Hannah Storm (Guest Star, Guiding Light) - 53
Lesli Kay (ex-Felicia, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Tracy, Venice; ex-Molly, As the World Turns; ex-Lois, General Hospital) - 50
Thyme Lewis (ex-Jonah, Days of our Lives; ex-Pete, Sunset Beach) - 49
Jamie Walters (ex-Ray, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 46
Emily Harrison (ex-Bridget, The Bold and the Beautiful) -38
Ian Alda (ex-Einstein, Guiding Light) - 31
Scott Benes (ex-Enzo, All My Children) - 14
Zachary Benes (ex-Enzo, All My Children) - 14

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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