Today in Soap Opera History (June 18)

1984: Guiding Light's H.B. questioned Reva's feelings.
1987: Brenda Dickson aired for the final time on The Young
and the Restless.  2001: Spyder Games premiered on MTV.
2010: Y&R's Liz Foster died.
"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.

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1963: On Ben Jerrod, Agnes (Jeanne Baird) was rebuffed when she sought information.

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1965: On General Hospital, Eddie (Doug Lambert) and Angie (Jana Taylor) started down a path leading to tragedy.

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1965: On The Young Marrieds, Walter (Michael T. Miller) received cautious advice from his lawyer.

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1965: On A Flame In The Wind, Roxanne (Margaret Hayes) received some serious advice.

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1965: On Moment Of Truth, Monique (Fernande Giroux), Nancy (Louise King) and Dexter (Chris Wiggins) stopped for a drink.

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1971: On The Doctors Steve (David O'Brien) asked Karen to not return to Berlin with the baby.

1974 Don Frabotta debuted in the role of Dave on Days of our Lives.

1981: On Another World, Cecile (Nancy Frangione) wanted to know if Jamie (Richard Bekins) was the father of Marianne's baby Meanwhile, Mac (Douglass Watson) told Mitch (William Gray Espy) that Rachel sleeping with Mitch cost her Amanda.

1981: Donald May debuted as Grant Wheeler on Texas.

1984: On Guiding Light, H.B. (Larry Gates) wanted to know if Reva (Kim Zimmer) was sorry that they got married.

1987: Brenda Dickson aired for the final time as Jill Foster Abbott on The Young and the Restless.

1984: On The Edge of Night, Miles (Joel Crothers) wanted answers from Jody and Preacher.

1996: On Another World, Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) poured out her heart at the graves of Ryan and Bridget as Grant (Mark Pinter) watched.

1999: On Another World, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) learned Charlie was missing.

2001: Spyder Games, a new half-hour soap opera, premiered on MTV. Watch the first episode below, and note the clever references to both B&B and Y&R by characters who actually watch daytime soaps. The show was created by Valerie Ahern and Christian McLaughlin.

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2010: The character of Liz Foster died on The Young and the Restless. Liz was played by actress Julianna McCarthy, an original cast member of the series in 1973 and longtime fan favorite. In the episode, Liz made a deathbed confession to Kay Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper), and said a special, loving goodbye to each of her children. Snapper (David Hasselhoff) decided to reveal Liz's secret to Jill (Jess Walton). Later, Jill showed up outside Lauren's door.

2010: On Days of our Lives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Melissa (Lisa Trusel) returned to Salem.

2014: Kassie DePaiva debuted as Eve Donovan on Days of our Lives.

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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Elizabeth Franz (ex-Alma, Another World; ex-Helen, As the World Turns) - 75
Constance McCashin (ex-Laura, Knots Landing) - 69
Linda Thorson (ex-Rosemary, Emmerdale; ex-Julia, One Life to Live) - 69
Andrea Evans (ex-Vivian, DeVanity; ex-Tina, One Life to Live; Rebecca, Passions; ex-Tawny, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Patty/Tawny, The Young and the Restless) - 59
Robin Christopher (ex-Skye, General Hospital; ex-Skye, One Life to Live; ex-Skye, All My Children; ex-Lorna, Another World) - 51
Michael Sutton (ex-Stone, General Hospital) - 46
Kerry Butler (ex-Claudia, One Life to Live) - 45
Alana De La Garza (ex-Rosa, All My Children) - 40
Ashlee Holland (ex-Crystal, Days of our Lives) - 37
Renee Olstead (ex-Madison, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 27

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