Today in Soap Opera History (November 6)

1981: Thaao Penghlis debuted as Tony on Days of our Lives.
1981: The Edge of Night's Raven enjoyed being rich.
1989: Guiding Light's Reva realized Dylan was her son.
2008: One Life to Live's Starr gave birth to a baby girl.
"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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1950: On The Guiding Light radio soap opera, Meta (Jone Allison) shot and killed her husband, Ted, after their son, Chuckie, died.  Bill and Papa Bauer were shocked to hear the news and Bill vowed to get his sister, Meta, out of jail.

1957: On "the continuing story of" The Edge of Night, Mike (John Larkin) became suspicious when Roger commented that he needed the car to meet with the new owners of the Retreat Nursing Home, the place where Billy was born.

1967: On Peyton Place, Eddie (Dan Duryea) and Lee (Steve Oliver) chatted at the bar about the benefits of working for a wealthy guy like "Old Man Peyton."

1979: On As the World Turns, Tom (Tom Tammi) worried about his mother, Lisa (Eileen Fulton), after she called to tell him Derek Bickford had been killed.

1981: Thaao Penghlis debuted as Tony DiMera in Days of our Lives.

1981: On The Edge of Night, Raven Whitney (Sharon Gabet) laid out her expectations to the help. Afterward, she gleefully talked to her portrait, saying, "Well, my dear, you've been rich and you've been poor. You have to admit rich is better."

1985: On Search for Tomorrow, Hogan (David Forsyth) broke into Lloyd's condo but Ryder came in before Hogan could get to the desk.

1985: Actor Joel Crothers passed away at age 44. He played roles on numerous soap operas including Santa Barbara, The Edge of Night, Somerset, The Secret Storm and Dark Shadows.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Gina (Linda Gibboney) disconnected the backup power to CC's (Charles Bateman) life support machine. Meanwhile, Nick Hartley (David Haskell) was shot.

1987: On Another World, Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) revealed to her daughter, Amanda (Sandra Dee Robinson, then known as Sandra Ferguson), that Sam Fowler (Robert Kelker-Kelly) was Mitch Blake's brother.

1989: On Guiding Light, after Reva (Kim Zimmer) hit Dylan (Morgan Englund) with her car she realized he was the son she gave up years earlier.

1990: On The Young and the Restless, John Silva (John Castellanos) defended Danny (Michael Damian) at his cocaine possession trial.

2001: Lindsey McKeon debuted as Marah Lewis on Guiding Light.

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2006: began streaming episodes of Passions.

2008: On All My Children, Zach, Erica and Bianca said goodbye to Kendall (Alicia Minshew) before she went to Canada for further treatment.

2008: On One Life to Live, Starr (Kristen Alderson) gave birth to a baby girl (Hope), and so did Tess (Bree Williamson). Meanwhile, Tina's David Vickers gave birth to three puppies. Meanwhile, "Todd" and Marty had sex.

2009: Sarah Brown aired for the last time as Claudia on General Hospital.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Lasell (ex-Michael, As the World Turns; ex-Peter, Dark Shadows) - 87
Judi Rolin (ex-Barbara, As the World Turns; ex-Didi, The Secret Storm) - 69
Jeanne Ruskin (ex-Laurie Ann, The Edge of Night; ex-Lois, Where the Heart Is) - 69
Sally Field (ex-Nora, Brothers & Sisters) - 69
Franchelle Stewart Dorn (ex-Rita, Another World) - 66
Ernest Thompson (ex-Tony, Somerset) - 66
Jonna Lee (ex-Julia, Another World) - 52
Lisa Fuller (ex-Dawn, General Hospital) - 49
Kelly Rutherford (ex-Lily, Gossip Girl; ex-Sam, Generations) - 47
Rebecca Romijn (ex-Alexis, Ugly Betty) - 44
Thandie Newton (Grace, Rogue) - 43
Josh Holland (ex-Zack, Port Charles) - 41
Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky, Orange is the New Black) - 37
Ben Hogestyn (ex-Harry, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Lucas, General Hospital) - 34
Patina Renea Miller (ex-Pam, All My Children) - 31
Shayne Lamas (ex-Carly, General Hospital) - 30
Katie Leclerc (Daphne, Switched at Birth; ex-Sara, Fashion House) - 29
Mercedes Kastner (ex-Erin, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 26

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