Today in Soap Opera History (August 29)

1966: Mia Farrow left Peyton Place. 1979: Calvin had a big
day on Edge of Night. 1985: Ryan's Hope's Ryan wanted D.J. at
her 16th birthday party. 2006: Sami and Austin's wedding began.
"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 Dark Shadows, Bill Malloy (Frank Schofield) set up a meeting with Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds), Burke (Mitchell Ryan) and Sam Evans (David Ford) to settle the manslaughter case once and for all.

1966: Mia Farrow aired for the final time as Allison Mackenzie in Peyton Place.

1974: Christopher Allport aired for the last time as Tim McGowan in Another World. Tim told Ada (Constance Ford) she was the only mother he had ever known before bolting out the door.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Star Wilson (Yahee) proposed to Calvin Stoner (Irving Allen Lee) just before he received news that his surgery was a success.

1984: Nicolas Coster made his first appearance as Lionel Lockridge on Santa Barbara.

1984: On Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) worried she was intruding on her son, Ed (Peter Simon), and his wife, Maureen (Ellen Dolan).

1984: On General Hospital, Rose Kelly (Loanne Bishop) broke up with Jake Meyer (Sam Behrens), and asked Ruby Anderson (Norma Connolly) to take over running Kelly's. Ginny Blake (Judith Chapman) and Rick Webber fought over getting a new housekeeper.

1985: On Ryan's Hope, Ryan Fenelli (Yasmine Bleeth) invited D.J. LaSalle (Christian Slater) to her 16th birthday party.

1986: On Another World, Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin) and Marley Love (Ellen Wheeler) continued to grow closer in Key West.

1996: Miriam Parrish aired for the final time as Jamie Caldwell in Days of our Lives.

1997: On One Life to Live, Patrick (Thorsten Kaye) assured Marty (Susan Haskell) the Irish authorities would be no issue for them.

2003: On All My Children, Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) took a gun out of her purse at the docks and threw it into the water. She proclaimed Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) was now free from Michael Cambias.

2006: On Days of our Lives, Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) and Austin Reed's (Austin Peck) wedding began.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ellen Geer (ex-Lillian, Desperate Housewives; ex-Doris, Falcon Crest) - 74
Christopher Jarrett (ex-Damian, The Edge of Night; ex-Duff, One Life to Live) - 67
Toni Kalem (ex-Angie, Another World; ex-Angie, The Sopranos) - 65
Cindy Daly (ex-Cathy, Days of our Lives) - 64
Lycia Naff (ex-Phoebe, General Hospital) - 53
Lucero (ex-Helena, Por Ella Soy Eva; ex-Valentina; Soy Tu Duena) - 46
Carla Gugino (Kate, Wayward Pines; ex-Sydney, Falcon Crest) - 44
Robert Cuthill (ex-Colin, Days of our Lives) - 42
Dante Basco (ex-Arnando, Santa Barbara) - 40
Jo Weil (Nick, Alles was zählt; ex-Oliver, Verbotene Liebe) - 38
William Levy (ex-Antonio, Single Ladies; ex-Damian, La Tempestad; ex-Maximiliano, Triunfo del Amor; ex-Alejandro, Sortilegio; ex-Juan, Cuidado con el Ángel) - 35
Jay Ryan (Vincent, Beauty and the Beast; ex-Jack, Neighbours) - 34
Jennifer Landon (ex-Heather, The Young and the Restless; ex-Gwen, As the World Turns) - 32
Lea Michele (Hester, Scream Queens; ex-Rachel, Glee) - 29
Lauren Collins (ex-Paige, Degrassi) - 29

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