Today in Soap Opera History (August 12)

1981: Another World's Cecile and Jamie were held captive.
1986: The Young and the Restless' Sven charmed Katherine.
1994: All My Children's Erica broke down at Mona's grave.
2002: As the World Turns' Barbara interrupted Hal and
Emily's wedding.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"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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1969: On The Doctors, amnesiac Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) realized she was becoming good friends with the husband she didn't remember, Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon).

1980: On Texas, Reena Cook (Carla Borelli) was pleased when Kevin (Lee Patterson) vowed to make their marriage work regardless of living in Houston or Bay City.

1981: On Another World, Lenny (Ed O'Neill) told Hannah (Madelon Thomas) he planned to take Jamie, Sandy (Chris Rich), and Cecile (Nancy Frangione) with them during their escape. Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) tried to stop the police from entering the cabin.

1982: Martha Smith debuted as Sandy Horton in Days of our Lives.

1984: Christine Hargreaves, an original cast member of Coronation Street, died as a result of a brain tumor at age 45. She played Christine Hardman in Corrie from 1960 to 1963.

1986: On The Young and the Restless, Kay Chancellor (here being played by Gisele MacKenzie, who was temporarily replacing an ill Jeanne Cooper) was approached by Jill's masseur, Sven Peterson (Lee Nicholl). Jill had dispatched Sven to lure Kay with a free massage, in the hopes that he could get close to Kay and obtain proof that she and Jack had been behind the recent attempt on Jill's life.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

1986: On Santa Barbara, Eden (Marcy Walker) told Cruz (A Martinez) she was leaving town.

1994: On All My Children, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) broke down at the grave yard as her mother, Mona, was being buried. The clip below starts with the Friday, August 12 episode and continues with the conclusion on Monday, August 15.

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1999: Actor Ross Elliott, who originated the role of Lee Baldwin on General Hospital, died at age 82.

2002: On As the World Turns, Barbara (Colleen Zenk) showed up at Hal (Benjamin Hendrickson) and Emily's (Kelley Menighan Hensley) wedding with a court order allowing her to take Will (Brett Groneman).

2003: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Amber (Adrienne Frantz) interrupted Macy (Bobbie Eakes) and Deacon's (Sean Kanan) wedding. When her words didn't do enough damage, Amber decided to tackle Macy.

2008: Former Days of our Lives head writer Nina Laemmle died at age 97. She wasn't even at Days a year but the show saw as much cast upheaval as any time in its history. NBC was pushing a youth movement at the time in 1980. Laemmle was also a producer and writer at Peyton Place.

2008: On One Life to Live, Tina (Andrea Evans) and Cord (John Loprieno) reunited for the first time in more than a decade.

2008: On General Hospital: Night Shift, a French woman attacked Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) gave Robert (Tristan Rogers) troubling news.

2011: On Days of our Lives, Abigail (Kate Mansi) asked Chad (Casey Deidrick) to move out of the DiMera mansion and come to live with her.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jim Storm
Michael Hawkins (ex-Frank, Ryan's Hope; ex-Paul, As the World Turns; ex-Mark, Love is a Many Splendored Thing) - 80
Jennifer Warren (ex-Dinah, Paper Dolls) - 74
Jim Storm (ex-Bill, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Charles, Sunset Beach; ex-Neil, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jack, Texas; ex-Sean, The Secret Storm; ex-Gerard, Dark Shadows; ex-Larry, One Life to Live) - 72
Lezlie Dalton (ex-Elizabeth, Guiding Light) - 71
Ronald Guttman (ex-Alexander, All My Children) - 63
Bruce Greenwood (ex-Pierce, Knots Landing) - 59
Peter Krause (ex-Adam, Parenthood; ex-Nick, Dirty Sexy Money; ex-Nate, Six Feet Under) - 50
Rebecca Gayheart (ex-Hannah, Loving; ex-Judy, Vanished; ex-Natasha, Nip/Tuck; ex-Toni, Beverly Hills, 90210)- 44
Taylor Stanley (Zoey, The Bay; ex-Remy, Another World) - 40
Maggie Lawson (ex-Alexa, Party of Five) - 35
Nick Zurzolo (ex-Gabe, As the World Turns) - 25

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  1. Man, young Phillip was hot! My memory is a bit hazy, I always remembered that it was Katherine who shot Jill, but after watching the clip I had the feeling it may have been Phillip and Katherine covered for him? I really do seem to remember the reveal as Katherine having hid in a closet and shooting Jill. Anyone remember?

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