Today in Soap Opera History (June 23)

1976: Days of our Lives' Marlena met Don Craig.
1982: General Hospital's Luke asked a favor from a prince.
1986: Santa Barbara's Santana did a striptease.
1999: Another World's Cass and Felicia were trapped.
"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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1965: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jim (Shepperd Strudwick) walked Pat (Susan Trustman) down the aisle for her wedding to John (Michael M. Ryan).

1968: On DARK SHADOWS, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) entered the door to the old house in her dream and found an apparently dead Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) on the floor.

1970: Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth) shared their first kiss on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1976: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Marlena (Deidre Hall) met her future husband, Don Craig (Jed Allan).

1978: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Irene (Kate McKeown) told Viki (Erika Slezak) that she found out she only has one month to live.

1982: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Luke (Anthony Geary) asked the Prince of Malkuth to give Jackie an exclusive interview.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) caught Santana (Gina Gallego) after her striptease with Keith (Justin Deas) on the roof of the Capwell hotel.

1999: On ANOTHER WORLD, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) and Felicia (Linda Dano) encountered a gorilla named Carolyn.

2006: Legendary producer Aaron Spelling died at age 83. The many shows he served as executive producer for included DYNASTY, THE COLBYS, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, 7TH HEAVEN, TITANS, MELROSE PLACE, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, SAVANNAH, MODELS INC. and SUNSET BEACH.

2010: The cast and crew of AS THE WORLD TURNS taped the show's final episode after a more than 54 year run on CBS.

2012: The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were broadcast on HLN. Winners included GENERAL HOSPITAL (Drama Series), Anthony Geary, Heather Tom, Jonathan Jackson, Nancy Lee Grahn, Chandler Massey and Christel Khalil. There was also a tribute to the recently canceled ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Gary, DALLAS; ex-Charles, SAVANNAH; ex-Gary, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Ray, ANOTHER WORLD) - 69
Courtney Simon (ex-Kathy, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Lynn, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Constance, THE CITY; ex-Anna, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; Writer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; AS THE WORLD TURNS; et al) - 69
Joss Whedon (ex-Wes, HUSBANDS; Producer/Writer, BUFFY; ANGEL; DOLLHOUSE; FIREFLY) - 51
Mitch Longley (ex-Matt, PORT CHARLES; ex-Byron, ANOTHER WORLD) - 50
Teri Ivens (ex-Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 48
Zen Gesner (ex-Braden, ALL MY CHILDREN ) - 45
Jeffrey Carlson (ex-Zoe/Zarf, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 40
Melissa Rauch (ex-Summer, TRUE BLOOD) - 35
Wendy McColm (DK, LOS FELIZ) - 28
Connor Jessup (Ben, FALLING SKIES) - 21

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