Today in Soap Opera History (October 28)

1968: OLTL's Jim asked Price to assist with Carla's case.
1980: The Edge of Night's Geraldine interrupted Raven's plans.
1985: Days of our Lives' Patch attacked Hope.
2010: General Hospital's Mike appeared for the final time.
"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: Joan Crawford made the second of four appearances on The Secret Storm as Joan Borman Kane, substituting for her sick daughter Christina Crawford.

1968: On One Life to Live, Joe (Lee Patterson) told Anna (Doris Belack) about his feelings for her, which went beyond the boundaries of friendship. Meredith (Trish Van Devere) had left the hospital but nobody knew where she went. Karen (Niki Flacks) was the only person who saw Meredith leave, and Larry (Paul Tulley) was concerned since he and Meredith were supposed to be getting married tomorrow. Dr. Jim Craig (Robert Milli) told Dr. Price Trainor (Thurman Scott) about a patient, Carla (Ellen Holly), who had been receiving outside treatment. Jim wanted Price to assist him with Carla but he was unaware that Price was attracted to her as well.

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Delia (Ilene Kristen) intensified her efforts to make trouble for Frank. After Mary (Kate Mulgrew) found out that Delia destroyed the campaign headquarters, Delia convinced Mary that she wanted only good to come out of the campaign for Frank.



1978: On Dallas, Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) ran away from home and hooked up with bad seed Willie Gust (Greg Evigan).

1980: Tina Sloan made her first appearance as Dr. Olivia Delaney on Another World.



1980: On The Edge of Night, Geraldine Whitney (Lois Kibbee) stopped Raven Swift (Sharon Gabet) from kidnapping Jamey (James Noseworthy).



1980: Actor Leon Janney died at age 63. He played Eric Barrington in The Edge of Night and was the second Jim Matthews in Another World.

1981: On General Hospital, Susan (Gail Ramsey) asked Alan (Stuart Damon) for an update on his divorce from Monica (Leslie Charleson).



1985: On Days of our Lives, Steve Johnson (Stephen Nichols) attacked Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso).

1986: On Santa Barbara, Martin Ellis (John Wesley Shipp) almost hit Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) during a confrontation.



1988: On As the World Turns, Tom (Scott Holmes) and Margo Hughes (Hillary B. Smith) hosted a family gathering.



1991: On The Young and the Restless, Cricket Blair (Lauralee Bell) was convinced Drucilla Barber (Victoria Rowell) would make a great model.

1994: Mark Valley made his first appearance as Jack Deveraux in Days of our Lives.

2003: On Days of our Lives, Belle Black (Kirsten Storms) was stressed out about the Salem serial killer. "No one is safe," Belle told her mother, Marlena (Deidre Hall).



2010: Ron Hale aired for the final time as Mike on General Hospital. Hale broke the news of his retirement in an interview with We Love Soaps in July 2010: "I can't totally go into it. But it’s the way the show is going, and that’s fine. It’s fine because I'm getting to the end of my long run in my own mind. Jill [Farren Phelps] knows this. I'm going to be moving on. Not tomorrow or anything. But I've had a great run there, and I’m ready to leave Southern California. I've gotta go find me a farm somewhere."



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Susan Harris (Creator, Soap) - 75
Tom Fitzsimmons (ex-Price, Love of Life; ex-Dr. Meeker, All My Children) - 68
Annie Potts (ex-Gigi, G.C.B.) - 63
Julie Osburn (ex-Kathleen, Another World) - 58
Mark Derwin (ex-George, The Secret Life of the American Teenager; ex-Ben, One Life to Live; ex-Mallet, Guiding Light) - 55
Daphne Zuniga (ex-Victoria, One Tree Hill; ex-Jo, Melrose Place) - 53
Lauren Holly (ex-Julie, All My Children) - 52
Sheryl Underwood (ex-Justice of the Peace, The Young and the Restless) - 52
Chris Bauer (ex-Andy, True Blood) - 49
Lauren Woodland (ex-Brittany, The Young and the Restless; ex-Anika, Undressed; ex-Sara, Sunset Beach; ex-Janelle, Port Charles) - 38
Matt Smith (ex-The Doctor, Doctor Who) - 33
Finn Wittrock (ex-Damon, All My Children) - 31
Troian Bellisario (Spencer, Pretty Little Liars) - 30
Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina, General Hospital) - 23

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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