Today in Soap Opera History (January 10)

1980: Edge of Night's Calvin and Star were married.
1983: GH's Luke was found after an avalanche.
1984: OLTL's Asa was not happy with Clint.
2006: Days' Bo and Hope said goodbye to Zack.
"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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1968: On Dark Shadows, angered and frightened by Angelique Bouchard (Lara Parker), Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) attempted to meet Josette duPres (Kathryn Leigh Scot). Angelique sent a bat to spy on him.

1975: On Another World, Mac (Douglass Watson) asked Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) to marry him at Iris' (Beverlee McKinsey) party.

Mac: I want to take care of you the rest of my life."
Rachel: "Iris will never let you marry me."
Mac: "Iris has nothing to do with it. Well, don't keep me in suspense, please... Will you marry me?"
Rachel: "Yes... Oh yes!"

1980: On As the World Turns, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) scoffed when John (Larry Bryggman) told her he thought the two of them were alike.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Calvin Stoner (Irving Allen Lee) married Star Wilson (Yahee). Owen Madison(Bruce Gray) proposed to Deborah Saxon(Frances Fisher).

1980: On Knots Landing, running for a seat on the school board, Richard Avery (John Pleshette) hinged his campaign on the dismissal of a high school teacher (David James Carroll) whose teaching methods were unorthodox. However, Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee) set out to save her daughter's controversial teacher, who later became attracted to Karen.

1983: On General Hospital, rescue workers found Luke's (Anthony Geary) body on the mountain, covered with snow, after the avalanche.

1984: On One Life to Live, Asa (Philip Carey) questioned Clint's (Clint Ritchie) family loyalty.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Joe (Mark Arnold) was reluctant to take a job with C.C. Lionel (Nicolas Coster) confronted Sophia (Judith McConnell) on the train about her being alive; later, the sheriff shot at him.

1989: Ryan's Hope stars Helen Gallagher and Bernard Barrow appeared on Good Morning America to discuss their soap, which ended its run a few days later. On Ryan's Hope that day, Roger (Ron Hale) and Delia (Ilene Kristen) celebrated their wedding night.

1999: David Chase's primetime mobster drama The Sopranos premiered on HBO.

2006: On Days of our Lives, a devastated Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) said goodbye to their young son, Zack, who was brain dead after being hit by a car. Bo and Hope agreed to let Zack's liver be donated to Claire Brady, who need a transplant to survive.

2007: On All My Children, Josh and Babe found Danielle Frye (Tanisha Lynn) motionless on the floor after being attacked by the Satin Slayer with a gardenia and white ribbon in her hands. After CPR was performed, she was rushed to Pine Valley Hospital in critical condition.

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2012: On One Life to Live, Starr (Kristen Alderson) revealed to Dani (Kelley Missal) that Cole (Van Hughes) was still alive. Later, James (Nic Robuck) told Starr their relationship was over.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
William Sanderson (ex-Bud, True Blood; ex-E.B., Deadwood) - 72
Tim Haldeman (ex-Graham, Passions) - 67
Pat Benatar (Guest Star, The Young and the Restless) - 63
Sherman Augustus (ex-Hank, The Young and the Restless) - 57
Evan Handler (ex-Conrad, One Life to Live; ex-Duncan, The Astronaut Wives Club; ex-Douglas, The West Wing) - 55
Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy, Guiding Light; ex-Tina, One Life to Live; ex-Andie, Santa Barbara) - 52
Magaly Colimon (ex-Ruth, Guiding Light) - 51
Robert Sudduth (Former Writer, GCB) - 39
Sarah Shahi (ex-Carmen, The L Word) - 36
Bryan James (Drew, Youthful Daze) - 28
Emily Meade (ex-Aimee, The Leftovers) - 27

Passions star Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) was born on this day in 1982. He died in 2002 at age 20.

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