Today in Soap Opera History (January 26)

1968: The Doctors' Steve and Carolee bantered before intern night.
1990: GH's Frisco & Felicia were married for the second time.
2006: Days of our Lives' Tony was covered in blood while a tiger
roamed free. 2007: All My Children's Dixie at poisoned pancakes
"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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1967: Jordan Charney debuted on Another World as Sam Lucas, Ada's brother. Sam married Lahoma Vane (Ann Wedgeworth) in 1969 and the two of them moved to Another World spin-off Somerset in 1970.

1968: On The Doctors, Nurse Carolee Simpson (Carolee Campbell) and newly arrived (12/67) Dr. Steve Aldrich (David O'Brien) bantered about Steve's evening plans with his fellow interns. The byplay between the two characters was the beginning of a soap superstar couple whose storyline would include marriage, children (his, hers & theirs), and every possible configuration of domestic drama. The couple was still together at the show's cancellation in 1982.

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1972: On The Edge of Night, Nancy (Ann Flood) planned an engagement party for Laurie (Emily Prager) and Vic (Ted Tinling).

1984: On One Life to Live, David (Michael Zaslow) unlocked a treasure while playing piano.

1985: On Berrenger's, Danny tried to help Shane find her daughter, who was kidnapped by her ex-husband five years earlier. Julio made a bargain with a factoryowner to get the Julian Morrell dresses done, but Todd pulled the successful line from the salesfloor in an attempt to make Shane look bad.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip item.

1988: Betty White made her first appearance on Days of our Lives as part of NBC's "Where's Betty?" contest.

1990: On General Hospital, Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) were married for the second time.

Thanks to Kellie for sending in the above item.

2006: On Days of our Lives, a garbage bin of blood was poured on Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) just as he was about to announce the name of the killer.

2007: On All My Children, Dixie Cooney Martin (Cady McClain) ingested poisoned pancakes presumably poisoned by the Satin Slayer.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the above item.

2010: On General Hospital, after finding out the truth about Elizabeth's affair, Lulu gave a verbal beating to Nikolas on the docks, then to Elizabeth in front of the entire hospital. Later, Ethan offered to drive Elizabeth home.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the above item.

Today's Birthdays:
Anne Jeffreys (ex-Amanda, Port Charles; ex-Amanda, General Hospital; ex-Sylvia, Bright Promise; ex-Amanda, Falcon Crest) - 93
Walt Willey (ex-Edmund, Thurston; ex-Jackson, All My Children; ex-Joe, Ryan's Hope; ex-Jim, Another World) - 65
Paul Johansson (ex-Dan, One Tree Hill; ex-John, Beverly Hills, 90210; ex-Greg, Santa Barbara) - 52
Allison Hossack (ex-Olivia, Another World) - 51
Michael O'Hearn (ex-Luke, Days of our Lives) - 47
Tracy Middendorf (ex-Babette, Boardwalk Empire; ex-Laura, Beverly Hills, 90210; ex-Carrie, Days of our Lives) - 46
Gilles Marini (ex-Sebastien, Devious Maids; ex-Angelo, Switched at Birth; ex-Luc, Brothers & Sisters; ex-Jean Claude, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 40
Kelly Stables (ex-Teenage Bobbie, General Hospital) - 39
Sara Rue (ex-Penny, Eastwick) - 37
Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook, Once Upon a Time; ex-Emmett, Fair City) - 35
Kelli Barrett (ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) - 32
Rebecca Ritters (ex-Hannah, Neighbours; ex-Jules, Coronation Street) - 32
Edwin Hodge (ex-Marcus, Jack & Bobby) - 31

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