Today in Soap Opera History (June 28)

1971: The Doctors' Toni confessed to Maggie.
1991: General Hospital's Anna and Robert were shocked by Faison.
1996: Stephen Nichols made his GH debut as Stefan.
2010: Salem said goodbye to Alice Horton on Days.
"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, as the trial was reaching the conclusion, Ben's (Michael Ryan) strategy was on the verge of collapse.

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1966: On the second episode of Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) watched as Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) collapsed, then went back back upstairs unseen.

1971: On As the World Turns, Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) was shocked when Penny (Phoebe Dorin) told him that Tom's (Peter Galman) girlfriend, Meredith Harcourt (Nina Hart) was, in fact, Mary Halliday, the long lost ward of Bob's patient, Simon Gilbey (Jerry Lacy).

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1971: On The Doctors, Toni Ferra (Anna Stuart) told Maggie Powers the truth about what happened with Mike.

1971: On Another World, Russ (Sam Groom) and Cindy admitted they loved each other. Groom left the show two weeks later. When Russ and Cindy married in September 1972, Robert Hover was playing Russ.

1974: Actor Frank Sutton died at age 50. Best known for his role as Sgt. Carter in primetime comedy series Gomer Pyle, Sutton also played roles in daytime including Sgt. Fitzsimmons on The Edge of Night and Joe Sullivan in The Secret Storm.

1984: On Guiding Light, Mike Bauer (Don Stewart) took Alexandra Spaulding (Beverlee McKinsey) for a plane ride.

1988: On Santa Barbara, Pamela (Marj Dusay) agreed to pay Keith (Justin Deas) and Gina $1,000,000 if Jeffrey is released and TJ is arrested. Pamela planted the pills on TJ and gave her statement to Keith.

1991: On General Hospital, Faison (Anders Hove) showed up at Anna (Finola Hughes) and Robert's (Tristan Rogers) wedding.

1996: Stephen Nichols debuted as Stefan Cassadine on General Hospital.

1996: CBS aired the final episode of its short-lived primetime soap Central Park West. CPW starred Mädchen Amick as Carrie Fairchild, John Barrowman as Peter Fairchild, Noelle Beck as Jordan Tate, Melissa Errico as Alex Bartoli Fairchild, Mariel Hemingway as Stephanie Wells, Lauren Hutton as Linda Smith Fairchild Rush, Justin Lazard as Gil Chase, Ron Leibman as Allen Rush, Michael Michele as Nikki Sheridan, Gerald McRaney as Adam Brock, Kylie Travis as Rachel Dennis, Tom Verica as Mark Merrill, and Raquel Welch as Diana Tate Brock Rush.

2010: On Days of our Lives, after Alice Horton's (Frances Reid) funeral, memories of Alice filled the minds of everyone in Salem.

2012: On The Young and the Restless, Ricky (Peter Porte) shoved Eden and she hit her head which caused her to go unconscious. Later, Kevin called Paul (Doug Davidson) and informed him that he was worried about Eden. Paul arrived at Ricky's door just as Ricky was preparing to slit Eden's throat.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Astrid Warner (ex-Sandy, Days of our Lives) - 82
Nancy Reardon (ex-Kathleen, Ryan's Hope) - 74
Bruce Davison (ex-Leonard, The L Word) - 70
Kathy Bates (ex-Belle, All My Children; ex-Evelyn, One Life to Live; ex-Phyllis, The Doctors) - 68
Chris DeRose (ex-Dino, General Hospital) - 68
David Gautreaux (ex-Austin, One Life to Live; ex-Jordan, Melrose Place) - 65
Tichina Arnold (ex-Zena, Ryan's Hope; ex-Sharla, All My Children) - 47
Danielle Brisebois (ex-Mary-Frances, Knots Landing) - 47
Steve Burton (Dylan, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jason, General Hospital; ex-Jason, General Hospital: Night Shift; ex-Harris, Days of our Lives) - 46
Craig Austin (ex-Shawn, All My Children; ex-Lewis, Generations) - 43
Kirsty Mitchell (ex-Anita, Holby City) - 42
Libby West (ex-Julie, One Life to Live) - 41
Felicia Day (Charlie, Supernatural; ex-Holly, Eureka) - 37
Kellie Pickler (ex-Sally, 90210) - 30

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