Today in Soap Opera History (July 22)

1968: Peyton Place's Rodney and Norman had a motorcycle crash.
1986: Y&R's Who's The Daddy story was featured in Mr. Mom.
2008: A car crashed into GH on General Hospital: Night Shift.
2013: All My Children's Cassandra wanted an abortion.
"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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1946: On radio soap opera Rosemary, Rosemary Dawson (Betty Winkler) and her artist friend, Brad, took a train to Penn Station in New York City.

1965: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) remembered her days in Bedfordtown.

1968: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Rodney O'Neal) and Norman Harrington (Christopher Connelly) were involved in a motorcycle accident. Percy Rodriguez debuted as Dr. Harry Miles in the episode.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1983: The popular film comedy, Mr. Mom, was released, containing a sequence scenes that showed how new, stay-at-home dad, Jack (Michael Keaton), got hooked on The Young and the Restless. Here, MovieClips hosts those scenes centering around Y&R's 1982-83 "Who's the Daddy?" story, wherein Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) didn't know if Baby Victoria's father was Kevin Bancroft (Christopher Holder) or Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

1988: On Santa Barbara, Eden (Marcy Walker) found Tori's number at the clinic, but when Cruz (A Martinez) called it turned out to be a drug rehab facility.

1988: On Days of our Lives, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla's (Mary Beth Evans) wedding began.

1994: Days of our Lives star Deidre Hall appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Hall discussed being on Days for eighteen years, whether soap opera fans were crazier than fans of other television shows, how she met her husband and the long process of finally getting married, and her ability to cry at will which she tried to demonstrate with O'Brien's help.

2000: Eric Christmas, who played Father Francis during Marlena's devil possession storyline in Days of our Lives, died at age 84.

2002: On As the World Turns, Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk) stood trial for kidnapping Carly, Rose and Emily, and had a terrible dream featuring her evil ex, James Stenbeck (Anthony Herrera).

2008: On the second season premiere of General Hospital: Night Shift on SOAPnet, a car crashed into General Hospital.

2009: On One Life to Live, Fish (Scott Evans) denied it when Layla (Tika Sumpter) asked if he was gay.

2013: On All My Children, Cassandra Fosters (Sal Stowers) admitted to Colby Chandler (Brooke Newton) that she wanted an abortion.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Orson Bean (ex-Roy, Desperate Housewives; ex-Harrison, One Life to Live; ex-Reverend Brim, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) - 87
Jennifer Bassey (ex-Marian, All My Children; ex-Abby, The Edge of Night; ex-Dorothy, Somerset; ex-Jennifer, Love of Life; ex-Nancy, Grey's Anatomy) - 73
Danny Glover (ex-Isaac, Brothers & Sisters) - 69
Christine L. Tudor (ex-Gwyneth, Loving)
Joanna Going (ex-Lisa, Another World; ex-Evie, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Victoria, Dark Shadows) - 52
Rob Estes (ex-Harry, 90210; ex-Kyle, Melrose Place; ex-Glenn, Days of our Lives) - 52
Alex Fernandez (Pablo, Devious Maids; Roy, Dallas) - 48
Terrell Tilford (Barton, The Young and the Restless; ex-Sean, Single Ladies; ex-Greg, One Life to Live; ex-Bob, Days of our Lives; ex-David, Guiding Light) - 46
Keegan Allen (Toby, Pretty Little Liars) - 26
Camila Banus (Gabi, Days of our Lives; ex-Lola, One Life to Live) - 25
Chelsey Cuff (ex-Maxie, General Hospital) - 25
Christopher Tavani (ex-Luke, As the World Turns) - 22

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1 comment:

  1. The actors involved in the AMC reboot did a damn fine job. Such a shame they were left twisting in the wind after PP couldn't get things together. And no support from soap apparatus, except for the fans, who I understand viewed often and consistently. People griped about some curse words but the quality was there. If only Y&R was this consistently good, I'd be watching again.