Today in Soap Opera History (November 11)

1968: It was Nick and Althea's wedding day on The Doctors.
1983: Guiding Light's Eli Sims wanted revenge.
1998: Paul Anthony Stewart debuted as Danny on Guiding Light.
2003: All My Children's Erica made an unwelcome discovery.
"The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause."
― Henri Louis Bergson

"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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1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike (John Larkin) realized Billy's blood type was not a match with Roger or Mary.

1964: Geoffrey Lumb made his first appearance in Another World as Mitchell Dru in a crossover from P&G's As the World Turns. He had previously played the character on The Brighter Day before joining ATWT and AW. Lumb remained on Another World until 1971. He died in 1990 at age 85.

1965: On Days of our Lives, after Ben disciplined her for Julie shoplifting, Julie (Charla Doherty) tried to borrow money from Steve.

1968: On The Doctors, the wedding of Dr. Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon) and Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) began, and the couple exchanged vows. The ceremony concluded the following day.

1981: Robert Gentry aired for the final time as Philip Lyons on Another World.

1983: On Guiding Light, Eli Sims told Annabelle (Harley Jane Kozak) he was seeking revenge because of her.

1983: Priscilla Presley debuted as Jenna Wade on Dallas, the third actress to play the role.

1986: On As the World Turns, the lives of Margo Hughes (Hillary B. Smith) and her unborn baby were in jeopardy after James Stenbeck (Anthony Herrera) brought her to Oakdale Memorial Hospital.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1993: On General Hospital, after seeing Ruby's warning to keep away from Kelly's, Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) got a police escort to GH in a pink Cadillac, where they reunited with Steve and Bobbie. Meanwhile, Frank Smith's men found and chased after Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) and Sly.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1998: Paul Anthony Stewart debuted as Danny Santos in Guiding Light. You can watch his first scenes here.

2003: On All My Children, during Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) visit to Mona's grave, she found out the grave being dug nearby was for Michael Cambias.

2003: On One Life to Live, Al Holden (Nathaniel Marston) had difficulty adjusting to the fact that the rest of the world saw him as Michael McBain.

Note: Nathaniel Marston was seriously injured in a car crash on Halloween night. Click here for the latest updates from his mother.

2005: Guiding Light's "True Light" theme aired for the final time.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Denise Alexander
John Reilly (ex-Sean, General Hospital; ex-Mortimer, The Bay; ex-Alistair, Passions; ex-Del, Sunset Beach; ex-Dan, As the World Turns) - 79
Denise Alexander (Lesley, General Hospital; Louise, Pretty; ex-Lola, The Inn; ex-Mary, Another World; ex-Sister Beatrice, Sunset Beach; ex-Susan, Days of our Lives; ex-Emily, Ben Jerrod; ex-Lois, The Clear Horizon) - 76
Roger Rathburn (ex-Chip, Somerset; ex-Alan, One Life to Live; ex-Lord Darcy, Guiding Light) - 75
Dan Region (ex-Announcer, As the World Turns) - 67
Bill Moseley (ex-Joel, Days of our Lives) - 64
Harley Venton (ex-Derek, Guiding Light; ex-Judge Heals, As the World Turns; ex-Richard, Models Inc.) - 62
Stephen Lee (ex-Roger, Santa Barbara) - 60
Anne-Marie Martin (ex-Gwen, Days of our Lives) - 58
Peter Parros (ex-Ben, As the World Turns; ex-Dane, Santa Barbara; ex-Ben, One Life to Live; ex-Leo, The Young and the Restless) - 55
Jackie Hoffman (ex-Eunice, One Life to Live; ex-Miranda, As the World Turns) - 55
Demi Moore (ex-Jackie, General Hospital) - 53
Calista Flockhart (ex-Kitty, Brothers & Sisters; ex-Elise, Guiding Light) - 51
Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, General Hospital; ex- Dan, The Lying Game; ex-Signore Christofero, Days of our Lives) - 43
Leonardo DiCaprio (ex-Young Mason, Santa Barbara) - 41
Eyal Podell (ex-Adrian, The Young and the Restless; ex-Joel, Undressed) - 40
Christa B. Allen (Charlotte, Revenge) - 24
Ashleigh Cummings (ex-Ali, Home and Away)

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