Today in Soap Opera History (February 29)

1980: The Edge of Night's Draper learned he had a baby girl.
1988: Ryan's Hope's Delia wanted Dakota to pay.
2008: All My Children's Erica announced she was going to jail.
2008: Guiding Light debuted a new production model.
"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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1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Joanne (Mary Stuart) was warned to stay away from the mentally disturbed Irene. Meanwhile, Keith was missing and Joanne desperately wanted to find him before Irene did. Marge ran into Keith at a bar and suggested that he apologize to Stu for their foolish behavior, but he refused. Keith then called Louise and announced he was never coming home, but she convinced him to share a drink with her. Louise then promptly called Joanne to inform her of Keith's whereabouts.

1980: On The Edge of Night, while Draper Scott (Tony Craig) waiting for the verdict in his trial for the murder of Margo Huntington Dorn, Miles Cavanaugh (Joel Crothers) informed him that Draper's wife, April (Terry Davis), gave birth to a baby girl



1984: On Guiding Light, when Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander) and Beth Raines (Judi Evans) arrived for lunch at Company, they were surprised to see Lujack (Vincent Irizzary) working there. Lola explained that Tony was giving Lujack a new start while on probation. Later, Phillip told Rick Bauer (Michael O'Leary) that there was a warrant out for Bradley's arrest, then broke the news that Beth was raped. Lujack overheard and became upset. Rick gave Beth a big hug (earlier Beth filed charges for battery and statutory rape) Lujack then commented to Lola, "When are people like Tony Reardon and Beth Raines going to get an even break?"

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1988: On Ryan's Hope, Maeve (Helen Gallagher) and the Ryans recounted the story of how she helped catch the gunmen that tried to attack Dakota.



1988: On Another World, Jamie Frame (Laurence Lau) assured Lisa Grady (Joanna Going) that he was just friends with Vicky Hudson (Anne Heche).

1988: On General Hospital, Julian Jerome (Jason Culp) tried to convince his father that their organization had to go legit, and they needed Duke Lavery to do it.

2000: On Passions, Charity Standish (Molly Stanton) admitted to Grace Bennett (Dana Sparks) that she had a vision of Eve Russell (Tracey Ross) having sex with Julian Crane (Ben Masters). Later, Eve's husband, T.C. Russell (Rodney Van Johnson), wanted to know why Eve and Charity were talking about Julian.



2008: On All My Children, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) held a press conference to announce that she was going to do the right thing. "Erica Kane is going to prison," she told reporters.



2008: Guiding Light began airing its new production model with scenes shot in newly built four-walled sets at CBS in New York, as well as in Peapack, New Jersey, where the show shot scenes outdoors and in a local house used for multiple sets.



2012: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Owen Knight (Brandon Beemer) told his estranged wife, Jackie (Lesley-Anne Down), that he still wanted to be with her.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Eamonn Roche (ex-Howard, The Young and the Restless) - 48
Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital; ex-Jagger, General Hospital: Night Shift; ex-Dante, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Jack, Melrose Place) - 44
Shane Johnson (Cooper, Power; ex-Casey, Undressed) - 40

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