Today in Soap Opera History (June 25)

1971: The final episode of A World Apart.
1990: General Hospital's P.K. Sinclair was really Cesar Faison.
1999: The final episode of Another World.
2010: The funeral of Alice Horton on Days of our Lives.
"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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1968: Humbert Allen Astredo debuted as Nicholas Blair in Dark Shadows.

1971: ABC aired the final epsiode of daytime soap opera A World Apart, starring Susan Sarandon. The show, created by Irna Phillips' daughter, Katherine Phillips, ran for 15 months.

1976: On Another World, Russ (David Bailey) and Sharlene (Laurie Heineman) assured Emma (Tresa Hughes) they would keep an eye on Molly. As Emma left she said, "I won't be that far away. If Willis starts anything, I'll come back and put a stop to it once and for all." This was Tresa Hughes last appearance as Emma, a character originally played by Beverlee McKinsey before she took on the role of Iris. The character of Emma returned in 1990 played by Elizabeth Ashley.

1990: On General Hospital, Robert told Frisco that P.K. Sinclair was actually Cesar Faison.

1993: On All My Children, Dixie (Cady McClain) dealt with Tad and Ted (Michael E.Knight) drama.

1999: NBC aired the final episode of Another World after 35 years on the air.

2001: On The Young and the Restless, Jill (Jess Walton) and Brittany decided J.T. was the best way to break up Mac and Billy.

2010: On Days of our Lives, family and friends said goodbye at the funeral of Alice Horton (Frances Reid).

Celebrating a birthday today are:
June Lockhart (ex-Maria, General Hospital; ex-Celia, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 90
Mark Withers (ex-Ted, Dynasty; ex-Tom, General Hospital; ex-Evan, Santa Barbara) - 68
Steve Bassett (ex-Seth, As the World Turns; ex-Det. Scott, Guiding Light; ex-Minister, One Life to Live) - 63
Michael Sabatino (Alan, Venice; ex-JT, Passions; ex-Vince, Guiding Light; ex-Lawrence, Days of our Lives; ex-Jonathan, All My Children; ex-Anthony, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Phillip, Sunset Beach) - 60
Amy Ecklund (ex-Abby, Guiding Light) - 45
Jason Lewis (ex-Chad, Brothers & Sisters; ex-Rob, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 44
Brandi Lynn Burkhardt (ex-Siren, Passions) - 36
Busy Philipps (ex-Audrey, Dawson's Creek) - 36

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