Today in Soap Opera History (June 6)

1979: Ryan's Hope's Poppy caused trouble for Tom and Faith.
1988: Another World's Amanda gave birth to Alli.
1988: Days of our Lives' Tom was secretly a poet.
2002: Guiding Light's Reva sang to Josh.
"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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1938: Local New York City radio soap opera Stella Dallas began airing nationwide on NBC Radio.

1938:  Young Widder Brown premiered on NBC Radio. Stella Dallas ad Young Widder Brown became key components of the network's afternoon lineup.

1944: On the first day of the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day), the CBS Radio lineup of soap operas kept listeners updated on what happened.

10:00 a.m. Valiant Lady (General Mills)Joan and Tubby were suspected of smuggling.
10:30 a.m. The Open Door (Royal Puddings and Gelatins)John and Rennie Merrick quarreled over whether their parents should re-marry. Listen below.

10:45 a.m. Bachelor's Children (sponsored by Wonder Bread) - Ruth Ann cried over "Joan Gray," a fictitious ex-girlfriend of Dr. Bob's.
11:00 a.m. Amanda of Honeymoon Hill (Phillips Milk of Magnesia)Jeanette regretted mailing a letter to her husband.
11:15 a.m. Second Husband (Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder) - A rebellious Fran moved in with show producer Elsa King.
11:45 a.m. Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories (Spry All-Vegetable Shortening)Jim Abbott stood to inherit a fortune, but only if he agreed to a very unusual condition.
12:15 p.m. Big Sister (Rinso)Beautiful Hollis Travers declared her passionate love for John.
12:30 p.m. The Romance of Helen Trent (Benefax Multivitamins) - Helen delivered an ultimatum to Gil-- marry me now or never.

1966: Art Wallace completed the final draft of the first episode script for Dark Shadows.

1974: Wesley Eure debuted as Mike Horton on Days of our Lives. Three months later he debuted on another series, Land of the Lost.

1979: On Ryan's Hope, when Faith tells her that she has to move out, Poppy (Alexandra Neil) is further delighted when Tom offers her his old apartment - to Faith's dismay.



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1988: On Days of our Lives, Alice (Frances Reid) was surprised to find out Tom (Macdonald Carey) was a poet.



1988: On Another World, Amanda Cory Fowler (Sandra Robinson) gave birth to a baby girl, who Sam (Robert Kelker Kelly) wanted to name Alexandra Cory Fowler.



1992: Knots Landing actor Larry Riley died at age 39.

1996: On All My Children, Jonathan (Michael Sabatino) was desperate to gain access to Janet's safe deposit box.



2000: On The Young and the Restless, Diane (Alex Donnelley) told Victor (Eric Braeden) she was pregnant.

2002: Aiden Turner debuted on All My Children in the role of Aidan Devane.

2002: On Guiding Light, Reva (Kim Zimmer) serenaded Josh (Robert Newman) on the night before their wedding with "When I Fall In Love."



2005: Former Guiding Light and Dark Shadows actor Dana Elcar died at age 77.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Hadge (ex-Buzz, Dark Shadows) - 83
Sandra Bernhard (ex-Charlotte, The L Word) - 60
Danny Webb (ex-Gavin, Brookside) - 57
Josie Lawrence (ex-Manda, EastEnders) - 56
Jason Isaacs (ex-Michael, Awake) - 52
Max Casella (ex-Leo, Boardwalk Empire; ex-Benny, The Sopranos) - 48
Tamara Davies (ex-Amy, Port Charles; ex-Tricia, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 43
Sonya Walger (ex-Penelope, Lost) - 41
Danny Strong (ex-Jonathan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; ex-Doyle, Gilmore Girls) - 41
Johnny Pacar (ex-Damon, Make It or Break It) - 34
Philip McGinley (ex-Tom, Coronation Street) - 34
Gemma Bissix (ex-Clare, Hollyoaks; ex-Clare, EastEnders) - 32
Daniel Logan (ex-Ben, Shortland Street) - 28

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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