Today in Soap Opera History (August 22)

1960: As the World Turns' Grace wanted to help her son.
1979: Guiding Light's Holly received a marriage proposal.
1986: Young and Restless aired the "It's OK to Say No" concert.
1986: Days of our Lives' Marlena and "Roman" were remarried.
"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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1955: On The Brighter Day, Lydia's (Murial Williams) romantic life suffered as she became more stressed over her desire to confess that she had taken the silver clock.

1960: On As the World Turns, Dr. Cassen (Nat Polen) explained to Penny Hughes Baker (Rosemary Prinz) that he couldn't keep her husband, Jeff, at the hospital against his will. Meanwhile, Jeff's mother, Grace Baker (Frances Reid), was upset that she wasn't allowed to see her son, and wasn't convinced Jeff needed to be hospitalized, but Chris Hughes (Don MacLaughlin) put her in her place.



1967: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) accepted Burke Devlin's (Anthony George) marriage proposal.

1979: On Guiding Light, Dr. Peter Chapman (Curt Dawson) proposed to Holly Thorpe (Maureen Garrett), who was in jail at the time.



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1985: Roger Aaron Brown aired for the final time as Danny Grant in Days of our Lives.

1986: On The Young and the Restless, Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) and Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman) took center stage to rock the house at Genoa City's "It's OK to Say No" benefit concert, which also featured performances by Traci Abbott Carlton (Beth Maitland), Amy Lewis (Stephanie E. Williams), Nathan Hastings and guest star Michael McDonald.

Danny and Lauren sing the benefit's title song below:



That summer's teen story on Y&R revolved around two pregnant teenagers--Molly Stark (Amy O'Neill), who was befriended my Cricket (Lauralee Bell), and Molly's roommate Nina Webster (Tricia Cast)--and how they became mixed up with the evil Rose DeVille (Darlene Conley).  The concert was part of the show's continuing storyline on the prevention of teen pregnancy. As Danny and Traci sang "Be Good Be True," Molly's reconciled backstage with her mother, Beverly Stark (Lynn Benisch).

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above

1986: On Days of our Lives, Marlena (Deidre Hall) and "Roman" (Drake Hogestyn) renewed their wedding vows. Tamara (Marilyn McCoo) sang their song, "Up Where We Belong," during the ceremony.



"Up Where We Belong" was sung at Roman and Marlena's first wedding in 1984 by Doug Williams (Bill Hayes), when  Wayne Northrop was in his first run as the original Roman. Josh Taylor played their friend Chris Kositchek, one of Roman's groomsmen in the ceremony. Eventually Hogestyn was revealed to be John Black when Northrup returned as Roman. Northrop left the show again then returned later as a totally different character, Alex North. Taylor left Days and returned a decade later in 1997 as the new Roman.

1986: On General Hospital, when the bank discovered that almost $40,000 was missing from Duke's (Ian Buchanan) account, Felicia (Kristina Wagner) became the prime suspect. Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia rode off on a motorcycle on the run trying to decipher the Tumble Dry computer code.



1997: On Another World, a drugged Shane (Robert Kelker-Kelly) made love to Lila (Lisa Peluso) thinking she was Vicky.

1997: On All My Children, Skye (Carrie Genzel) begged Edmund (John Callahan) not to give up on life after he told her that if Maria had died, he did too.



2011: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton) proposed to Hope Logan (Kim Matula) at the Forrester Creations fashion show.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Valerie Harper (ex-Claire, Desperate Housewives) - 76
Regina Taylor (ex-Lilly, I'll Fly Away) - 55
Ty Burrell (ex-Tom, The West Wing) - 49
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (ex-Mr. Eko, Lost; ex-Simon, Oz) - 47
Richard Armitage (ex-Lucas, MI-5; ex-Tom, Doctors) - 43
Rodrigo Santoro (ex-Paulo, Lost) - 39
Jackie Geary (ex-Jackie, How to Get Away with Murder; ex-Surrogate Candidate, Passions) - 38
Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 35
Chris Heuisler (ex-Cole, As the World Turns) - 35
Elena Goode (ex-Jade, As the World Turns) - 32
Laura Breckenridge (ex-Rachel, Gossip Girl) - 31
Katie Stuart (ex-Sage, General Hospital) - 30
Kayla Ewell (ex-Caitlin, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 29

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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