Today in Soap Opera History (September 9)

1968: Search for Tomorrow and The Guiding Light each
expanded to a half hour.  1985: GH's Robert tried to figure out who
Robin was.  2009: Andrea died at the carnival on General Hospital.
"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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1965: On Peyton Place, Stella Chernak (Lee Grant) broke down at Ada Jacks' (Evelyn Scott) bar. Adam made an emergency call to Dr. Michael Rossi (Ed Nelson), who suddenly left the dinner party thrown by David (William Smithers) and Doris (Gail Kobe) Schuster.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Sam (David Ford) thought Bill Malloy was the one man who could help him until the sheriff (Dana Elcar) told him Malloy's body had been found.

1968: On Days of our Lives, Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid) Horton celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

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1968: On Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Mark (David Birney) and Laura (Donna Mills) Elliott faced a marital crisis as Laura worried about Jean Garrison (Jane Manning). "There are all kinds of ways to take a man away from his wife," Laura told Mark.

1968: On The Secret Storm, Valerie Hill Ames (Lori March) defended her step-daughter, Amy Ames (Jada Rowland), to Belle Clemens (Marla Adams), who wasn't convinced Amy tried to save Robin.

1968: The Guiding Light and Search for Tomorrow each expanded from 15 minutes a day to a half hour.

1985: On General Hospital, Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) tried to figure out who Robin (Kimberly McCullough) was, while Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) revealed Robin was her daughter with Robert.

1991: On Another World, Ryan Harrison (Paul Michael Valley) asked Vicky Hudson (Jensen Buchanan) to go work for his brother, Grant.

1997: On Sunset Beach, Ben Evans (Clive Robertson) pleaded with Meg Cummings (Susan Ward) to tell him what happened in the cave, while Annie Douglas (Sarah Buxton) plotted with Tim Truman (Dax Griffin).

1998: On As the World Turns, while David Allen (Daniel Markel) held Julia Lindsay (Annie Parisse) and Lily Snyder (Martha Byrne) hostage, Lily went into labor. Meanwhile, Carly Tenney (Maura West) was trapped in the trunk of her car.

2009: On General Hospital, Andrea Floyd (Martha Byrne) was struck and killed by Edward Quartermaine's (John Ingle) car at the carnival.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barry Cutler (ex-Logan, Days of our Lives) - 68
Robert Desiderio (ex-Antonio, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Orson, Ryan's Hope; ex-Steve, One Life to Live; ex-Ted, Knots Landing) - 64
Tom Wopat (ex-Hank, All My Children) - 64
John Novak (ex-Keith, Santa Barbara) - 60
Gil Brenton (ex-Alan, Santa Barbara) - 51
Constance Marie (Regina, Switched at Birth; ex-Nikki, Santa Barbara) - 50
Charles Esten (Deacon, Nashville) - 50
Brenda Epperson (ex-Ashley, The Young and the Restless; ex-Crystal, Passions) - 50
Jocelyn Seagrave (ex-Julie, Guiding Light; ex-Tanya, Days of our Lives; ex-Rita, Savannah; ex-Jessica, Pacific Palisades) - 47
Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy, As the World Turns) - 45
Ryan Quan (Writer, Days of our Lives) - 38
Michelle Williams (ex-Jen, Dawson's Creek) - 35
Julie Gonzalo (ex-Rebecca, Dallas) - 34
Damian McGinty (ex-Rory, Glee) - 23

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