Today in Soap Opera History (August 30)

1968: The Doctors' Mike returned home. 1991: Wayne Northrop
returned to Days of our Lives as Roman. 2004: General
Hospital debuted a new opening. 2010: As the World Turns'
Bob revealed Nancy Hughes had passed away.
"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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1968: On The Doctors, Mike Powers (Peter Burnell in his debut) returned home, much to the delight of his father, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett).

1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and Willie Loomis (John Karlen) went to the crypt where Tom Jennings (Donald Briscoe) kept his coffin, but when Barnabas opened the coffin, it was empty. Jennings arrived and tried to bite him.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Zack (Jay Ingram) took aim at Steve Guthrie (Denny Albee) and Paige Madison (Margaret Colin).



1984: On Guiding Light, Warren Andrews (Warren Burton) gave Alexandra Spaulding (Lydia Bruce subbing for Beverlee McKinsey) evidence against Vanessa she could use against Henry.



1985: On Another World, Carl Hutchins (Charles Keating) thought Marley Love had disassociated when he met her twin sister, Victoria (Ellen Wheeler).



1991: Wayne Northrop returned to Days of our Lives as Roman Brady.



2004: General Hospital debuted its new "Sirens" opening sequence, which famously featured Anthony Geary (Luke) walking out of the shot at the end.



2009: The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles, televised on The CW. Acting winners were Susan Haskell, Christian LeBlanc, Jeff Branson, Vincent Irizarry, Tamara Braun, Darin Brooks and Julie Marie Berman. The Bold and the Beautfiul was named Outstanding Drama Series, General Hospital won for Writing and One Life to Live was honored for Directing.

The clip below features the opening of the ceremony with host Vanessa Williams, who was edited into scenes with daytime stars including Ronn Moss, Anthony Geary and Jessica Leccia.



2010: On As the World Turns, Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) told the family that his mother, Nancy, had died. Helen Wagner played Nancy Hughes since the very first episode of ATWT and spoke the show's first line in 1956 ("Good morning, dear."). She passed away on May 1, 2010, less than two months before the show wrapped production. When the series ended its run on September 17, 2010, Hastings fittingly spoke the last line as her son, Bob ("Goodnight."), a role he had played since 1960.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Warren Buffett (Guest Star, All My Children) - 85
Elizabeth Ashley (ex-Emma, Another World; ex-Madge, All My Children) - 76
Charles Taylor (ex-Bud, The Brighter Day; ex-George, The Edge of Night) - 75
Ben Jones (ex-Judge Manning, As the World Turns) - 74
Peggy Lipton (Norma, Twin Peaks) - 69
Breon Gorman (ex-Lenore, As the World Turns; ex-Tess, For Richer, For Poorer) - 61
Debbie McLeod (ex-Rene, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jane, Another World; ex-Lori, Another Life; ex-Connie, As the World Turns; ex-Marlena, Search for Tomorrow) - 57
Michael Chiklis (Nathaniel, Gotham; ex-Dell, American Horror Story) - 52
Michael Michele (ex-Jane, Gossip Girl; ex-Nikki, Central Park West) - 49
Anne Sayre (ex-Tina, Gotham; ex-Mitzi, As the World Turns; ex-Pam, Another World; ex-All My Children)
Kimberley Joseph (ex-Joanne, Home and Away; ex-Cindy, Lost) - 41
Sarah-Jane Potts (ex-Leanne, Emmerdale; ex-Jo, Waterloo Road; ex-Eddi, Holby City) - 39
Elden Henson (ex-Paul, As the World Turns) - 38
Colleen Broomall (ex-Dani, As the World Turns) - 32
Emily Montague (ex-Abby, Days of our Lives) - 31
Johanna Braddy (Shelby, Quantico; Anna, UnREAL; ex-Jordan, Greek) - 28
Nathaniel Gleed (ex-Liam, EastEnders) - 18

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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