Today in Soap Opera History (September 12)

1966: Days of our Lives' Tony prepared to leave town.
1985: General Hospital's Josh Clayton was killed.
1994: One Life to Live's paralyzed Luna took her first steps.
1994: All My Children's Hayley and Alec plotted revenge.
"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, Tony Merritt (Richard Colla) told Marie Horton (Maree Cheatham) he was leaving Salem.

1966: On Dark Shadows, news of Bill Malloy's death spread around Collinsport.

1966: On the Season 3 premiere of Peyton Place, Chris Webber (Gary Haynes) was furious with Steven Cord (James Douglas) for defending his brother, Lee Webber (Steve Oliver), on a murder charge.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Cliff watched as Deborah (Frances Fisher) had dinner with Owen.

1985: On General Hospital, Josh Clayton (Jimmy McNichol) was killed by Mr. Wu's men because he was wearing Frisco Jones' jacket.

1990: Robert Mailhouse debuted as Brian Scofield in Days of our Lives.

1994: On All My Children, Hayley Vaughan (Kelly Ripa) and Alec McIntyre (Grant Aleksander) plotted revenge against Adam.

1994: On One Life to Live, Luna Mooney's (Susan Batten) took her first steps since being paralyzed.

2008: On The Young and the Restless, Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) was arrested for sending money to a known criminal with ties to the mafia.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Anne Helm (ex-Mary, General Hospital) - 77
Linda Gray (Joanna, Winterthorne; ex-Sue Ellen, Dallas; ex-Priscilla, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 75
Tom Fontana (Producer/Writer, Oz) - 64
Joe Pantoliano (ex-Ralph, The Sopranos) - 64
Peter Scolari (Commissioner Loeb, Gotham) - 60
Rachel Ward (ex-Arianna, Monarch Cove; ex-Edna, Dynasty) - 58
Robert John Burke (ex-General Clarke, Army Wives; ex-Bart, Gossip Girl; ex-Pierce, Oz) - 55
Mary Kay Adams (ex-India, Guiding Light; ex-Neal, As the World Turns) - 53
Amy Yasbeck (ex-Olivia, Days of our Lives; ex-Carla, Generations) - 53
Will Chase (Luke, Nashville; ex-Michael, Smash; ex-Jason, One Life to Live; ex-Dr. Linn, As the World Turns; ex-A.D.A. Phillips, All My Children) - 46
Josh Hopkins (ex-Roger, Swingtown; ex-Warren, Brothers & Sisters) - 45
Lauren Stamile (ex-Rose, Grey's Anatomy) - 39
Ben McKenzie (James, Gotham; ex-Ryan, The O.C.) - 37
Jennifer Hudson (ex-Veronica, Smash) - 34
Emmy Rossum (ex-Abigail, As the World Turns) - 29
Alfie Allen (Theon, Game of Thrones) - 29
Alexia Fast (Callie, Manhattan) - 23
Colin Ford (ex-Joe, Under the Dome; Young Sam, Supernatural) - 19

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