Today in Soap Opera History (July 29)

1966: Days of our Lives' Susan was unhappy to be pregnant.
1994: All My Children's Brooke slapped Adam. 2008: Passions'
"Gertrude" was on Ethan's mind at his wedding.  2011: Hollyoaks'
Brendan confessed his love for Ste.
"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 Days of our Lives, Dr. Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey) confirmed to Susan Hunter (Denise Alexander) that she was pregnant. A distraught Susan told Tom she was going to give the baby up for adoption the day it was born.

1971: On Another World, Steve (George Reinholt) cleared the air with Mary (Virginia Dwyer) by promising to spend his life making Alice happy.

1986: On Another World, Kathleen McKinnon (Julie Osburn) pretended she had been hurt in order to trick Cecile DePoulignac into revealing where the diamonds could be found.

1986: On Santa Barbara, Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) left town after her hit and run accident.

1994: On All My Children, Brooke English (Julia Barr) slapped Adam Chandler (David Canary) after he told her she needed a man since she was still upset Tad dumped her for Dixie in her face.

1999: On The Young and the Restless, Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) told Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) he would give up the takeover for her. He later gave her a passionate kiss.

2002: On General Hospital, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Tamara Braun) patched things up in Martinique.

2008: On Passions, Ethan (Eric Martsolf) stopped his vow renewal ceremony with Gwen (Liza Huber) while thinking about "Gertrude" (Lindsay Hartley), claiming it was because their parents weren't there. As soon as Paloma and Noah's wedding was over, the church started to shake.

2011: On Hollyoaks, Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) woke up that morning singing Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" - fully determined that this would be the day he would win back ex-boyfriend, Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson). In the process, Brendan would lay his heart out on the line and say "I love you" for the first time.

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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Robert Horton (ex-Whit, As the World Turns) - 91
Robert LuPone (ex-Leo, Guiding Light; ex-Zack, All My Children; ex-Neal, Another World; ex-Tom, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Chester, Ryan's Hope) - 69
Ryan Cutrona (ex-Carmichael, General Hospital) - 66
Kevin Spirtas (ex-Joel, Hustling; ex-Craig, Days of our Lives; ex-Jonas, One Life to Live; ex-Tom, Rituals) - 53
Alexandra Paul (ex-Terry, Melrose Place) - 52
Lisa Peluso (ex-Veronica, Gotham; ex-Wendy, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Billie/Gina, One Life to Live; ex-Ava, Loving; ex-Lila, Another World; ex-Lila, As the World Turns; ex-Libby, Somerset) - 51
Martina McBride (Guest Star, General Hospital) - 49
Bryan Dattilo (Lucas, Days of our Lives) - 44
Monica Calhoun (ex-Ocean, Diary of a Single Mom) - 44
Wil Wheaton (ex-Isaac, Eureka) - 43
David A. Levinson (Writer, Days of our Lives; As the World Turns; All My Children; One Life to Live) - 41
Rachel Miner (ex-Meg, Supernatural; ex-Michelle, Guiding Light) - 35
Emily Bauer (ex-Erica, Guiding Light) - 34
Allison Mack (ex-Chloe, Smallville) - 33
Genesis Rodriguez (ex-Marisela, Dona Barbara) - 28
Munro Chambers (Eli, Degrassi) - 25

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