Today in Soap Opera History (July 13)

1983: All My Children's Tad returned to Pine Valley.
1990: Days of our Lives' Hope "died" in an explosion.
1999: As the World Turns' Jack gave Carly a compass.
2009: The Young and the Restless' Phillip revealed he was gay.
"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, Lee (Gaye Huston) wasn't happy when Dr. Lewis said she could go home at the end of the week.

1966: On The Guiding Light, Leslie (Lynne Adams) accused Ed (Robert Gentry) of becoming a "cold blooded cynic" to help soothe his anger of his father's drinking.



1982: Renee Jones taped her first episode as Nikki Wade in Days of our Lives, a part she played until 1983. She left the show in 2012 after many years playing a different role, Lexie Carver.

1983: On All My Children, Tad (Michael E. Knight) returned to Pine Valley and caught up with Opal (Dorothy Lyman).



1989: At the end of that day's Guiding Light episode, Grant Aleksander (Phillip) did a voice over to go along with the "Christopher Bernau In Memoriam" image displayed before closing credits. Bernau had died on June 14, 1989, at age 49.



1990: On Days of our Lives, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Ernesto (Eric Mason) vanished after an electrical explosion.



1999: On As the World Turns, at the boathouse, Jack (Michael Park) gave Carly (Maura West) a compass so she could always find her way back to him.



2000: Burt Douglas, who played Jim Fisk on Days of our Lives in its first year, died at age 69.

2005: Mark Raffety aired for the final time as Darcy Tyler in Australian soap Neighbours.



2006: Red Buttons, who played Al Baker on Knots Landing, died at age 87.

2009: On The Young and the Restless, a returned-from-the-dead Phillip (Thom Bierdz) revealed to his family that he gay.



2013: Glee star Cory Monteith died at age 31.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patrick Stewart (ex-Fire Officer, Coronation Street) - 75
Robert Forster (ex-Arthur, Heroes) - 74
Carmen Thomas (ex-Hillary, All My Children; ex-Karen, Melrose Place) - 48
Robert Gant (David, The Young and the Restless; ex-Ben, Queer as Folk) - 4
Amy Stewart (ex-Helen, Undressed) - 42
Kenny Johnson (Caleb, Bates Motel) - 42
John Colella (ex-Don, Vampire Mob)
Ashley Scott (Mary, UnREAL) - 38
Philip Barantini (ex-Danny, Doctors) - 35
Michael Mando (Nacho, Better Call Saul) - 34
Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy, The Vampire Diaries) - 27
Colton Haynes (Roy, Arrow; ex-Jackson, Teen Wolf; ex-Brett, The Gates; ex-Jesse, Melrose Place; ex-Alexander, Privileged) - 27
Matthew Arnett (ex-Devin, Gossip Boy) - 26
Dylan Patton (ex-Will, Days of our Lives) - 23
Hayley Erin (Kiki, General Hospital; ex-Abby, The Young and the Restless) - 21

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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