Today in Soap Opera History (May 29)

1984: All My Children's Jenny wanted a baby. 1989: Another
World's Nicole confessed to murder. 2003: Days of our Lives'
Lexie gave birth. 2006: The executive of One Life to Live's
"Todd" began.
"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...

1939: Radio soap opera The Affairs of Anthony debuted on the Blue Network. Henry Hunter starred as Anthony.

1975: On Another World, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) agreed to let Steve be buried in Chadwell.

1980: On Guiding Light, Dr. Ingrid Fisher told Lucille that she was capable of inflicting serious physical harm to those closest to her.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1984: On All My Children, Jenny (Kim Delaney) told Greg (Laurence Lau) that she wanted to have a baby.

1984: On Guiding Light, Bert (Charita Bauer) told Ed (Peter Simon) and Mike (Don Stewart) that it still felt like her amputated leg was still there.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1988: Charla Doherty, the original actress to play Julie Olson on Days of our Lives, died at age 41.

1989: On Another World, Nicole (Anne Howard) confessed to Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) that she murdered Jason Frame.

Note: Read Nelson Aspen's interview with Anne Marie Howard here.

1997: On The Young and the Restless, Jack (Peter Bergman) told Ashley (Shari Shattuck) that things were back on track between him and Diane. Meanwhile, Hope got upset with Victor after she overheard his conversation with Diane, who was secretly working for him.

2003: On Days of our Lives, Lexie (Renee Jones) gave birth to a baby boy, Theo Carver.

2006: On One Life to Live, Todd's (Trevor St. John) execution began as he was injected with the drugs that would end his life.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Clifton James (ex-Wes, The Secret Storm; ex-Striker, Texas; ex-Striker, Another World; ex-Duke, Dallas; ex-Red, All My Children) - 95
Kevin Conway (ex-Earl, One Life to Live; ex-Bud, A World Apart) - 74
Anthony Geary (Luke, General Hospital; ex-George, The Young and the Restless; ex-David, Bright Promise) - 69
Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless; ex-Lauren, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Donna, Days of our Lives) - 53
Robin Johnson (ex-Darcy, Guiding Light) - 52
Matthew Porretta (ex-Dan, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 51
Michael Goldberg (ex-Chad, The Dreamers)
Katherine Ellis (ex-Taylor, Days of our Lives) - 35
Alessandra Torresani (ex-Haley, Husbands) - 29
Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan, Days of our Lives; ex-Nathan, Empire) - 34
Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki/Starr, General Hospital; ex-Starr, One Life to Live) - 25
Gregg Sulkin (Liam, Faking It) - 24

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