Today in Soap Opera History (January 19)

1967: Roger burned David's painting on Dark Shadows.
1981: GL's Alan showed up at Jennifer's trial. GL's Olivia
kissed Natalia.  2010: ATWT's Reid had no time for Luke.
"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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1956: Actor Charles Dingle died at age 68. He played Conrad Overton in Irna Phillips' daytime soap opera The Road of Life.

1967: On Dark Shadows, the ghost of Josette duPres materialized in David Collins' room and magically completed David's painting so that it now depicted him and his mother surrounded by a wall of flames. Later, Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds) threw the painting into the fire. As it began to burn, screaming erupted from the canvas.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, Kenneth Castle (Ty McConnell) forced Faith Coleridge (Faith Catlin) to the floor in an effort to escape from the house without being recognized.



1981: On Another World, Jamie Frame (Richard Bekins) for arrested for aiding and abetting his mother, Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham), who was a wanted fugitive. Meanwhile, Mitch Blake (William Gray Espy) brought Rachel inside the cabin after finding her in the snow.



1981: On Guiding Light, Mike Bauer (Don Stewart) called Jennifer Richards (Geraldine Court) to the witness stand at her trial for the murder of Lucille Wexler. As she testimony began, Jennifer froze when she saw Alan Spaulding (Christopher Bernau) in the courtroom.



1981: On The Edge of Night, Molly Sherwood (Laurinda Barrett) fell to her death down a flight of stairs while attempting to kill April.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Alice Horton (Frances Reid) relayed a message to Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) about his brother, Roman (Wayne Northrop).

1989: Actor Martin Blaine died at 75. He played Lionel Steele in Young Doctor Malone and Judge Clinton Bridges in Days of our Lives.

1989: USA Network aired their final rerun of The Edge of Night. The network had been showing episodes of the canceled daytime soap opera since 1985.

1996: On All My Children, while under the influence of painkillers, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) turned her Woman of the Year acceptance speech into a tirade.



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1996: On General Hospital, Jason Quartermaine (Steve Burton) woke up in the hospital and squeezed Robin Scorpio's (Kimberly McCullough) hand. Robin ran off to get Bobbie and Tony. Alan and Jason talked, but Jason didn't remember him.



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2000: Actor Alan North died at age 79. He played Jack Bauer in Guiding Light and Capt. Sean Delaney in Another World.

2007: Austin Peck debuted as Brad Snyder in As the World Turns.

2009: On Guiding Light, Emma Spencer gave a speech about her two mommies. Later, Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell) pulled Natalia Rivera (Jessica Leccia) into a kiss.





2010: Eric Sheffer Stevens debuted as Reid Oliver on As the World Turns.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Fritz Weaver (ex-Hugo, All My Children) - 90
Tippi Hedren (ex-Helen, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Doris, Fashion House) - 86
Richard Van Vleet (ex-Chuck, All My Children; ex-Ed, Guiding Light) - 74
Karen Lewis (Former daytime writer, As the World Turns; All My Children) - 63
Katey Sagal (ex-Helen, Lost) - 62
Christine Tucci (ex-Amanda, Another World) - 49
Wendy Moniz (ex-Elaine, Betrayal; ex-Kathleen, One Life to Live; ex-Dinah, Guiding Light) - 47
Drea de Matteo (ex-Angie, Desperate Housewives) - 44
Marsha Thomason (ex-Gillian, General Hospital) - 40
Luke Macfarlane (ex-Scotty, Ryan's Hope; ex-Patrick, Smash) - 36
Erin Sanders (ex-Eden, The Young and the Restless) - 25
Logan Lerman (ex-Bobby, Jack & Bobby) - 24

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