― 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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1954: Daytime soap opera One Man's Family premiered on NBC-TV. The series began as a popular radio serial in 1932, created by Carlton E. Morse. The first TV version (November 4, 1949 - June 21, 1952) aired in primetime once a week for a half-hour, using the original 1932 storylines. The Daytime TV version of One Man's Family ran until April 1, 1955. The series continued on the radio until April 24, 1959.
1976: On Ryan's Hope, Roger (Ron Hale) insisted that Ed (Frank Latimore) call the police, believing Seneca (John Gabriel) was guilty of homicide in Nell's death.
1978: On One Life to Live, wayward wife Karen Wolek (Judith Light) was developing real feelings for her husband Larry (Michael Storm) and the couple made love.
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1979: Randall Edwards debuted as Delia Reid Ryan on Ryan's Hope.
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1984: On Guiding Light, Mindy (Krista Tesreau) worried she might be pregnant with Phillip's (Grant Aleksander) baby. Phillip was busy planning his wedding to Beth (Judi Evans) with Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey). Meanwhile, Bradley (James Rebhorn) called Alan (Christopher Bernau) from jail demanding Alan get him a lawyer.
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1984: On The Edge of Night, Calvin Stoner (Irving Allen Lee) married Didi Bannister (Mariann Aalda).
1984: On Knots Landing, Greg (William Devane) tried to get Gary (Ted Shackelford) to unfreeze his assets. Gary reported this to Mack (Kevin Dobson) who told him to keep the assets frozen, as it would force Wolfbridge's hand. Ray spied on Gary and Cathy (Lisa Hartman). Gary told Karen that if Abby cheated her, he would make it right. Val (Joan Van Ark) found out that the other two men with Ben were found dead. She wanted to go to El Salvador, but Karen said she would only be putting her babies at risk. Val was upset and called Gary, sobbing, who told her to come out to the ranch. Mack drove out to the ranch and was talking to Gary when a shot rang out. Mack called Karen and tells her that Gary had been murdered, just as Val pulled up.
1985: On Dallas, Pam (Victoria Principal) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) continued looking for Mark in Hong Kong; Eddie tried to win back Lucy; J.R. completed his illegal sale; Jamie took the job with Cliff; and Donna's oil company had a big success.
1988: On General Hospital, the State Commissioner of Police, played by John Ingle, arrived in Port Charles. Ingle returned to the soap in 1993 to replace David Lewis in the role of Edward Quartermaine.
1990: Michael T. Weiss aired for the final time as Mike Horton in Days of our Lives.
1990: On General Hospital, Olivia (Tonja Walker) was abducted right before her trial started.
1993: On The Young and the Restless, Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) blackmailed Lauren (Tracey Bregman) to keep her quiet.
1996: Another World aired the "You Take Me Away To (Another World)" theme and opening for the final time. The theme song debuted in March 1987, while the computer-enhanced opening first appeared on October 26, 1987.
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2005: On Passions, Eve slipped up and told Whitney (Brook Kerr) that she had put herself at risk for having a second baby with her own half-brother, Chad. Later, Fox (Justin Hartley) asked Whitney to marry him, but she said no.
2013: Actress Bonnie Franklin, best known for her long-running role as Ann Romano on the sitcom One Day at a Time, died at age 69. Her final role was Sister Celeste on The Young and the Restless in 2012.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Robert Clary (ex-Pierre, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Robert, Days of our Lives; ex-Pierre, The Young and the Restless) - 90
Jed Allan (ex-Harold, The Bay; ex-Don, Days of our Lives; ex-C.C., Santa Barbara, ex-Edward, General Hospital; ex-Ed, Port Charles) - 81
Alan Thicke (ex-Donald, The L.A. Complex; ex-Rich, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 69
Richard Shoberg (ex-Tom, All My Children; ex-Mitch, Somerset; ex-Kevin, The Edge of Night) - 68
Andrew Masset (ex-Larry, Days of our Lives; ex-Harrison, One Life to Live; ex-Trevor, Generations; ex-Frank, Falcon Crest; ex-Joseph, Santa Barbara) - 67
Catherine Bach (Anita, The Young and the Restless) - 61
Tim Daly (ex-Pete, Private Practice) - 60
Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital; ex-Nico, All My Children) - 53
Bryan Batt (ex-Salvatore, Mad Men) - 53
George Eads (ex-Nick, Savannah) - 49
Jack Davenport (ex-Derek, Smash; ex-Bruce, Swingtown) - 43
Jensen Ackles (Dean, Supernatural; ex-Eric, Days of our Lives) - 38
Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, General Hospital; ex-Cindi, The L Word; ex-Allie, Another World) - 38
Denise Vasi (ex-Raquel, Single Ladies; ex-Randi, All My Children) - 33
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