Today in Soap Opera History (July 2)

1968: Steve met Alice on Another World. 1974: Days' Alice
and Tom mourned their daughter, Addie. 1991: Days'
Jack and Jennifer were married. 2002: Hope Logan was born
on The Bold and the Beautiful.
"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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1966: On The Guiding Light, Bill Bauer's (Ed Bryce) behavior worried his family.

1968: George Reinholt debuted on Another World as Steve Frame. At Walter (Val Dufour) and Lenore's (Judith Barcroft) wedding reception, Steve arrived, introduced himself to Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) then led her to the dance floor.



Steve and Alice would go on to become one of the most popular couples in soap opera history.

1974: Actor Edmund Hashim died at age 42. His soap roles included Wayne Addison on Another World and Wilfred Block in Dark Shadows.

1974: On Days of our Lives, Alice (Frances Reid) tried to calm a distraught Tom (Macdonald Carey) after Addie's death.



1976: Former Days of our Lives head writer Kenneth M. Rosen died at age 47.

1980: On The Edge of Night, word spread that Draper Scott (Tony Craig) could be alive.



1987: Guiding Light's 50th Anniversary week continued as the Bauer Barbecue kicked off.  A grown up Alan-Michael Spaulding (Carl Tye Evans) parachuted into the party. The episode ended with a flashback to The Four Musketeers' 1983 prom, introduced by Michael O'Leary and Grant Aleksander.



1991: On Days of our Lives, Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves) were married.



1999: On Guiding Light, Reva (Kim Zimmer) overheard someone talking about the wedding of one of the princes to his assistant, Olivia. Crystal Chappell debuted in the following episode as Olivia.

2002: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) gave birth to Hope with help from Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Bridget (Jennifer Finnigan).



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Chuck Walling (ex-Charlie, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Chuck, Santa Barbara) - 86
Polly Holliday (ex-Prison Inmate Leader, Search for Tomorrow) - 78
Bret Hart (WWE Raw) - 58
Julia Montgomery (ex-Sam, One Life to Live) - 55
Jimmy McNichol (ex-Josh, General Hospital) - 54
Amy Weber (ex-Lark, Port Charles) - 45
Yancy Butler (ex-Ava, As the World Turns) - 45
Michael Patrick McGill (Coach Spears, The Fosters) - 42
Kurt Long (ex-Daniel, Hollywood Heights) - 42
Ashley Tisdale (ex-Savannah, Hellcats) - 30
Lindsay Lohan (ex-Alli, Another World) - 29
Margot Robbie (ex-Donna, Neighbours; ex-Laura, Pan Am) - 25

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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