Today in Soap Opera History (August 25)

1966: Days of our Lives' Julie wanted to stay in Salem.
1975: Susan Harney debuted as Alice on Another World
1987: As the World Turns' Holden opened up to Lily.
2009: General Hospital's Jason and Sam made love.
"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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1966: On Days of our Lives, Julie Olson (Charla Doherty) told her grandmother, Alice Horton (Frances Reid), that she didn't want to live in Europe.

1975: On Another World, Alice and Sally (Cathy Greene) returned from the Ordway Farm with Emma (Tresa Hughes) in tow. Susan Harney debuted as the new Alice Matthews Frame, replacing Jacqueline Courtney, who had played Alice since Another World premiered in 1964.

1978: One One Life to Live, Pat Ashley (Jacqueline Courtney) invited Roger Landover (Steven Bolster) in for a nightcap, and they ended up talking about Pat's late son, Brian.

1980: Richard Guthrie aired for the final time as David Banning on Days of our Lives.

1981: On Guiding Light, Morgan (Kristen Vigard) and Kelly Nelson (John Wesley Shipp) began their honeymoon.

1983: On Ryan's Hope, Delia (Ilene Kristen) wasn't happy with Jillian and Frank's plans for Little John.

1987: On As the World Turns, Holden (Jon Hensley) opened up to Lily (Martha Byrne) in Wyoming.

1996: On All My Children, trapped in the vault at the mausoleum, Marian Colby (Jennifer Bassey) began to lose hope.

1998: On Port Charles, Frank Scanlon (Jay Pickett) hears Lark Madison (Anastasia Horne) scream, and finds Lark kneeling beside her dead mother, Suzanne.

2009: On General Hospital, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) made love.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Regis Philbin (ex-Malachy, Ryan's Hope; Himself, All My Children) - 84
David Canary (ex-Adam/Stuart, All My Children; ex-Adam, One Life to Live; ex-Steve, Another World; ex-Arthur, Search for Tomorrow; Warner/Far Wind, The Doctors; ex-Russ, Peyton Place) - 77
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless; ex-Michael/Kirk, As the World Turns; ex-Italian Gigolo, Guiding Light) - 57
Tim Burton (Producer of Dark Shadows movie) - 57
Ashley Crow (ex-Beatrice, As the World Turns; ex-Jane, The Secret Circle) - 55
Ally Walker (ex-Andrea, Santa Barbara) - 54
Billy Ray Cyrus (ex-Judd, 90210) - 54
Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan, Guiding Light) - 52
Blair Underwood (ex-Bobby, One Life to Live; ex-Simon, Dirty Sexy Money) - 51
David Alan Basche (ex-Officer Tate, As the World Turns; ex-Mike, Lipstick Jungle) - 47
Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, All My Children) - 46
Kathy Tong (ex-Kathryn, One Life to Live) - 44
Rhasaan Orange (ex-Victor, Single Ladies; ex-Tek, Days of our Lives; ex-Brian, Guiding Light; ex-Joe, Undressed) - 40
Alexander Skarsgård (ex-Eric, True Blood; ex-Marcus, Vita lögner) - 39
Rachel Bilson (ex-Summer, The O.C.) - 34
Blake Liveley (ex-Serena, Gossip Girl) - 27
Stacey Farber (ex-Ellie, Degrassi) - 28
Kristos Andrews (Peter, The Bay) - 24

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