Today in Soap Opera History (February 16)

1968: Dark Shadows' Josette shocked Barnabas.
1981: GH's Heather escaped from the sanitarium.
2009: ATWT aired a special fairy tales episode.
2009: AMC's Reese and Bianca were officially married,
"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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1966: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) tried to convince his doubtful wife, Pat (Susan Trustman), that Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) was the type of person he needed in his firm.

1968: On The Doctors, a sympathetic social worker (Margaret DePriest, who went on to a soap opera writing career, including The Doctors in 1974) offered a desolate Ruth Winters (Ann Whiteside) support. Later, an alcoholic Ruth buckled under pressure and came close to drinking.

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1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) went to Josette's (Kathryn Leigh Scott) grave and commanded her to listen to him. He told Josette he wanted her to return to him and then heard her sobbing voice. Josette told him that the dead must rest. Barnabas went to the Old House to wait for Josette in her room and continued to call for her to come to him. A figure in a white gown walked slowly through the cemetery, into the Old House, and upstairs into the bedroom where Barnabas was waiting. Barnabas was pleased to see her but Josette wanted to return to her grave. He refused to let her go back so she lifted her veil to show him what she had become in death. Barnabas was frightened and repulsed by her horribly disfigured face.

1981: On General Hospital, Heather Webbing (Robin Mattson) snuck out of the sanitarium with plans for killing Diana Taylor after stealing a nurse's car.



1981: On Another World, Joey (Paul Perri) and Sandy decided to share an apartment together. Liz brought Jim some preparations for Alice’s (Vana Tribbey's debut) homecoming. Jamie stormed into Ken Steele’s office. Blaine visited Clarice, who worried Larry’s meeting with the Commissioner involved Jordan's loan. Jim told her not to interfere when Liz wondered if the feud between Rachel and Alice is over. Blaine told Jordan she doesn’t trust Jason and that Larry may be questioned about the loan. Jerry refused to back up Larry’s confession of being involved in a undercover operation to Commissioner O’Dell. Jordan blackmailed Zachary with his gambling markers in exchange for Larry’s resignation from the police force. Jordan cryptically explained his intentions for Larry to Jess. Ken refused to help Jamie search for the missing equipment orders. Rick accepted the job offer from Russ, who warned that his performance will be monitored. Russ invited Rick to Alice’s homecoming so Rick could see Marianne. Commissioner O’Dell forced Larry to resign from the police force. Marianne felt awkward when Rick mentioned they’d be working together. Larry and Jerry feigned an end to their friendship in front of Blaine, Joey, and Jordan. Alice was updated on Bay City goings on. Joey kissed Blaine after comforting her about Larry. Frankie gossiped with Sandy about Mac and Jamie. Sandy pushed Jamie out of the path of a forklift.



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1982: On Flamingo Road, Sheriff Titus Semple (Howard Duff) announced his suspect in the Clarion bombing at Lane (Cristina Raines) and Sam's (John Beck)) lavish wedding and framed Elmo for the explosion. Meanwhile, Skipper (Woody Brown) learned that his vision loss might be permanent.



1984: On Guiding Light, Lillian (Tina Sloan) asked Bradley (James Rebhorn) for a divorce.

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1998: On Days of our Lives, Marlena (Deidre Hall) made all the arrangements for Jennifer Horton Deveraux's (Stephanie Cameron) memorial service. At the service, friends and family members said their goodbyes to Jennifer, and Abe brought Jack (Steve Wilder) in at the last minute to comfort Abby. In an attempt to free Jack and prove Peter Blake was alive, Jennifer had faked her death.

1998: On Another World, after learning Shane's (Robert Kelker Kelly) car collided with Michael's (Kale Browne), Joe (Joseph Barbara) and Donna (Anna Stuart) rushed to the crash site where they found Shane unconscious. As Donna found Vicky (Jensen Buchanan), who had been in the car but unseen by anyone, Shane was rushed to the hospital where Lila (Lisa Peluso) tried unsuccessfully to tell him she was pregnant before Shane died.



2009: On All My Children, the ground-breaking wedding of Reese Williams (Tamara Braun) and Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) concluded. Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) made a toast to the happy couple. Bianca wore a Grecian-inspired satin dress, designed by Monique Lhuillier, who is famous for her wedding gowns; while Reese wore a more form-fitting silk and satin design by Michael Gm.



Also in the episode, during an argument with Zach (Thorsten Kaye) Kendall (Alicia Minshew) ran Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) off the road into a ravine where she was presumed dead.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2009: As the World Turns aired a special Valentine's show. Parker (Mick Hazen) and Liberty read fairytales to Johnny, enacted by all the people Johnny was related to in one way or another.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
June Brown (Dot, EastEnders) - 89
Jill Andre (ex-Sara, Guiding Light; ex-Sandy, As the World Turns; ex-Corrine, All My Children; ex-Nan, Dallas; ex-Mrs. Cordell, Santa Barbara) - 81
William Katt (ex-Paul, Models Inc.) - 65
Hunt Block (ex-Lee, One Life to Live; ex-Craig, As the World Turns; ex-Ben, Guiding Light; ex-Guy, All My Children; ex-Peter, Knots Landing) - 63
Lisa Loring (ex-Cricket, As the World Turns) - 58
Richard Steinmetz (ex-Joe, General Hospital; ex-Martin, Passions; ex-Jeff, Loving) - 57
Don Jeffcoat (ex-Joey, One Life to Live) - 40
Emily Harper (ex-Fancy, Passions) - 38
Agim Kaba (ex-Aaron, As the World Turns) - 36
Kari Corbett (ex-Caroline, Hollyoaks) - 32
Mike Weinberg (ex-Billy, 7th Heaven) - 23

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