Today in Soap Opera History (September 20)

1979: The Edge of Night's Trent arrived in Monticello.
1985: Santa Barbara's Augusta crashed into Brick and Janice.
1990: Knots Landing's Danny wanted to hurt Gary.
2001: MTV aired the final episode of Spyder Games.
"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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1948: On radio soap opera Claudia, Claudia (Patricia Ryan) and David (Richad Kollmar) Naughton spent an evening at home.

1952: The first commercial UHF television station in the world, KPTV, began broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.

1968: On Another World, Bill Matthews declared to his mother, Liz (Audra Lindley): "As far as I'm concerned, I have no mother."

1979: On As the World Turns, Kim Stewart (Kathryn Hays) and the Stewart family dealt with the aftermath of Dan's death, while Melinda Gray (Ariane Munker, now Ariana Chase) turned to her sister, Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk), for comfort after Beau told her in a letter he was never coming back to Oakdale.



1979: On The Edge of Night, Trent Archer (Farley Granger), the man set to play the devil in Mansion of the Damned, arrived in Monticello with his own ideas about the film.



1983: On As the World Turns, Burke Donovan (David Forsyth) died.

1984: Linda Gibboney debuted as Gina DeMott on Santa Barbara. Scott Curtis also made his first appearance as Brandon DeMott.

1985: On Days of our Lives, Pete Jannings (Michael Leon) made his way back to Salem in order to give blood to his son, Charlie.

1985: On General Hospital, Terry Brock's (Robyn Bernard) grandmother called to tell her that Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman) and Jake Meyer (Sam Behrens) were snooping around Laurelton.



1985: On Santa Barbara, Augusta Lockridge's (Louise Sorel) crashed into the Rolls-Royce Janice Harrison (Kathy Shower) was driving Brick Wallace (Brick Wallace) into the airport in.



1990: On Knots Landing, Danny Waleska (Sam Behrens) let Gary Ewing's (Ted Shackelford) horses at the ranch. When Gary came to the stable, Danny closed the door behind him and took out a bat.



1991: On As the World Turns, Sierra Esteban Montgomery (Finn Carter) gave birth to a baby girl, Lucinda Marie Montgomery aka Lucy.

1999: On One Life to Live, Kelly Cramer (Gina Tognoni) and Brian Harris (Kevin McClatchy) went to Dorian's cabin but Kelly forgot the key. The climbed through a window unaware of the alarm system.  Later, Rae showed up believing she could help Brian.



2001: MTV aired the last episode of Spyder Games. In the final scene, Daphne Wallace (Nectar Rose) brought Boris Carlisle's (Ray Laska) head to the police and informed them that Taylor Jones (Christina Chambers) was the one who murdered Boris.

Spyder Games was created by Christian McLaughlin and Valerie Ahern. Sally Sussman Morina served as executive producer. The final episodes of were delayed a week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Tony Denison (ex-Jim, Melrose Place) - 66
Debbi Morgan (Angie, All My Children; ex-Harmony, The Young and the Restless; ex-Angie, The City; ex-Angie, LOVING; ex-Ellen, Port Charles; ex-Jennifer, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Chantal, Generations) - 59
Gary Cole (ex-Wayne, Desperate Housewives; ex-Bob, The West Wing) - 59
Robert LaSardo (ex-Escobar, Nip/Tuck; ex-Manny, General Hospital) - 52
Monti Sharp (ex-David, Guiding Light; ex-Lew, As the World Turns; ex-Justus, General Hospital; ex-James, The City) - 48
Kristen Johnston (ex-Helen, Ugly Betty) - 48
Brad Beyer (ex-Zach, GCB) - 42
Moon Bloodgood (Anne, Falling Skies) - 40
Enuka Okuma (ex-Sheri, Madison) - 39
Charlie Weber (ex-Ben, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - 37
Mandy Bruno (ex-Marina, Guiding Light) - 34
Sarah Glendening (ex-Marissa, All My Children; ex-Lucy, As the World Turns; ex-Nina, Guiding Light) - 33
Aldis Hodge (ex-VooDoo, Friday Night Lights) - 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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