Today in Soap Opera History (February 5)

1968: Dark Shadows' Natalie was upset to see Josette's ring.
1976: Ryan's Hope's Faith failed to escape. 1996: Guiding
Lucy and Alan-Michael were trapped with a bomb.
2003: Bree Williamson debuted as the new Jessica on One
Life to Live
"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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1940: Frank and Anne Hummert's radio soap opera Amanda of Honeymoon Hill premiered on the Blue Network. The show moved to CBS in 1942, and ran until April 26, 1946. The story followed the travails of the beautiful Charity Amanda Dyke Leighton (Joy Hathaway), who lived on Honeymoon Hill in Virginia with her husband, wealthy Southerner Edward Leighton (Boyd Crawford).

1958: On The Edge of Night, Harris told Martin (Henderson Forsythe) more hot cars came in that needed converting.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Natalie (Grayson Hall) visited Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) at the Collinsport jail and begged her to end the spell she believed had been cast over Josette. Victoria told Natalie that according to the book Josette (Kathryn Leigh Scott) would jump from Widow's Hill. One of the events leading up to that jump was the loss of a ring, and as Victoria described the ring Natalie told her that Josette did not own such a ring. Later, Natalie panicked when she saw Barnabas' ring on Josette's hand.

1970: Bill Hayes taped his first episode of Days of our Lives as Doug Williams. The episode aired on February 18, 1970.

1975: On Another World, Jim (Hugh Marlowe) and Barbara (Roberta Maxwell) wondered why Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) wasn't enthusiastic about her father's wedding.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, Kenneth caught Faith (Faith Catlin) before she had a chance to escape. Startled, Faith fell backwards down the stairs.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in this item.

1980: John Wesley Shipp debuted on Guiding Light as Kelly Nelson.

1982: Michael Woods debuted in the role of Mark Wheeler on Texas replacing Ernie Garrett.

1986: On General Hospital, Ted (David Doyle) and Jennifer were upset that Anna (Finola Hughes) was getting closer to the truth of Laurelton.

1992: On The Young and the Restless, Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) seduced a passed out Scott (Peter Barton)

1995: On All My Children, the jury was back with a verdict in Noah's (Keith Hamilton Cobb) murder trial.

1996: On Guiding Light, Roger (Michael Zaslow) didn't believe Hart after Hart told him that he slept with Roger's wife, Dinah. Elsewhere, Brent told Alan and Buzz (Justin Deas) about the bomb he set up where he was holding Lucy and Alan-Michael.

Thanks to Na'Vell for sending in the clip above.

2003: On One Life to Live, Bo and Gabrielle ran into Viki (Erika Slezak) at the airport, and their flights were all canceled. Bree Williamson debuted as Jessica Buchanan in the episode.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2008: Julie Pinson aired for the final time as Billie Reed on Days of our Lives.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Stuart Damon (ex-Alan, General Hospital; ex-Jim, Days of our Lives, ex-Ralph, As the World Turns) - 79
Laura Linney (ex-Mary Ann, Tales of the City) - 52
David Chisum (ex-Miles, One Life to Live; ex-Bret, Sunset Beach) - 45
Diego Serrano (ex-Diego, The Young and the Restless; ex-Tomas, Another World) - 42
Crystal Hunt (ex-Stacey, One Life to Live; ex-Lizzie, Guiding Light) - 31
Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa, All My Children) - 30
Darren Criss (ex-Blaine, Glee; ex-Josh, Eastwick) - 29
Jeremy Sumpter (ex-J.D., Friday Night Lights) - 27

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