Today in Soap Opera History (May 12)

1980: Edge of Night's Raven kidnapped Jamey. 1992: Y&R's
Sheila pulled a gun on Lauren.  1994: GH's Luke found out
Laura was having a baby girl. 1995: As the World Turns
celebrated 10,000 episodes.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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.

On this date in...

1964: On Another World, Bill (Joseph Gallison) accused Missy (Carol Roux) of not liking him.

1966: On Peyton Place, Ann agreed to let Allison help out in the therapy room.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Raven (Sharon Gabet) and Eliot (Lee Godart) kidnapped Jamey (James Noseworthy).

1981: On Another World, Cecile (Susan Keith) was not pleased to learn that Pat (Beverly Penberthy) was her new boss.

1989: On Santa Barbara, Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Mason's (Lane Davies) wedding was postponed following C.C.'s heart attack.

1992: The Brady Bunch star Robert Reed died at age 59. His soap roles included playing Lloyd Kendall on NBC's Search for Tomorrow, and reprises Mike Brady on the primtime soap The Bradys.

1992: On The Young and the Restless, Molly tried to unbind Lauren (Tracey Bregman) at the farmhouse, but when Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) caught them in the act she pulled out a gun.

1994: On General Hospital, Laura (Genie Francis) told Luke (Anthony Geary) the baby they were expecting was a girl.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1995: CBS aired the 10,000th episode of As the World Turns.

1995: On Days of our Lives, a devil-possessed Marlena (Deidre Hall) interrupted Carrie and Austin's engagement party, and sent a swarm of bees to attack the guests.

2004: On Passions, Gwen (Liza Huber) arrived home while Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) was in bed with Ethan.

2010: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Agnes Nixon would be a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Linda Dano
Hansford Rowe (ex-Louis, Another World) - 92
Pam St. Clement (ex-Pat, EastEnders; ex-Mrs. Eckersley, Emmerdale) - 74
Linda Dano (ex-Lena, Guiding Light; ex-Rae, One Life to Live; ex-Rae, General Hospital; ex-Rae, All My Children; ex-Rae, Port Charles; ex-Felicia, Another World; ex-Cynthia, As the World Turns) - 73
Bruce Boxleitner (ex-Burl, GCB) - 66
Guy Davis (ex-Josh, One Life to Live) - 64
Jennifer Hetrick (ex-Veronica, General Hospital) - 58
Beth Maitland (Traci, The Young and the Restless) - 58
Lar Park-Lincoln (ex-Linda, Knots Landing) - 54
Vanessa Williams (ex-Rhonda, Melrose Place) - 53
Beth Maitland
Jamie Luner (ex-Liza, All My Children; ex-Lexi, Melrose Place; ex-Peyton, Savannah) - 45
Christian Campbell (Richard, True Detective; ex-Bobby, All My Children; ex-Peter, The Book of Daniel; ex-Teddy, Malibu Shores) - 44
Forbes March (ex-Nash, One Life to Live; ex-Scott, All My Children) - 43
Philip Boyd (ex-Arthur, Days of our Lives) - 41
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth, General Hospital; ex-Elizabeth, General Hospital: Night Shift; ex-Dana, Days of our Lives) - 39
Jason Biggs (ex-Pete, As the World Turns) - 38
Emily VanCamp (ex-Emily, Revenge; ex-Rebecca, Brothers & Sisters) - 30
Rebecca Herbst
Clare Bowen (Scarlett, Nashville; ex-Nina, Home and Away) - 27
Malcolm David Kelley (ex-Walt, Lost) - 24

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