Today in Soap Opera History (July 11)

1986: Another World's Cecile refused to relent to Cass.
1986: A giant "C" fell on Santa Barbara's Mary.
1995: One Life to Live's Antonio reunited with his brother.
2002: Guiding Light's Reva disconnected Richard's life support.
"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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1949: The Brighter Day moved to CBS Radio after having aired its first nine months on NBC Radio. Bill Smith starred as Reverend Richard Dennis, pastor of a parish in the town of Three Rivers, where he tried to be both mother and father to daughters Elizabeth, Althea, Barbara and Patsy. The show was written by Irna Phillips with Ted Corday serving as one of the directors.

1960: Daytime soap opera The Clear Horizon premiered on CBS. The show was created and head written by Manya Starr with a cast led by Edward Kemmer and Phyllis Avery.

1968: On Another World, Dr. Clader told Russ (Sam Groom) and Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) that Rachel had lost the baby.

1969: On One Life to Live, Meredith and Victor Lord offered to help Tom Edwards (Joseph Gallison).

1975: Brooke Bundy debuted as Rebecca North on Days of our Lives.

1979: On Another World, Brian Bancroft (Paul Stevens) told Mac Cory (Douglass Watson) that he had reached the end of the line with Mac's daughter, Iris. Later, Jamie Frame introduced Cecile Depoulignac (Susan Keith) to Blaine Ewing.

1984: On General Hospital, Alan told Monica that Beatrice fell out of a gravity machine. Later, Edward (David Lewis) agreed to talk to Beatrice.

1986: On Another World, Cass Wintrhop (Stephen Schnetzer) locked a gagged Cecile Depoulignac (Nancy Frangione) in the closet but when he opened the door to show Kathleen McKinnon, she was dressed like Marie Antoinette. "You know what they say, once a queen, always a queen," Cecile announced.

1986: On Santa Barbara, a big "C" from the Capwell Hotel sign fell on Mary (Harley Kozak) during a heated confrontation with Mark (Jon Lindstrom) and Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn).

1991: On One Life to Live, Viki Buchanan (Erika Slezak) told Dorian Lord (Elaine Princi) her style was dirty innuendo and cheap journalism.

1995: On One Life to Live, Cristian Vega (Yorlin Madera) was reunited with his brother, Antonio (Kamar de los Reyes).

2002: On Guiding Light, Richard (Bradley Cole) suddenly opened his eyes and begged Reva (Kim Zimmer) to let him die. Observing Richard's unbearable pain, Reva finally turned off his life support and watched him take his final breath.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Susan Seaforth Hayes
Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, Days of our Lives; Venice; ex-Joanna, The Young and the Restless; ex-Patricia, Sunset Beach) - 73
Beverly Todd (ex-Celeste, Days of our Lives; ex-Monica, Love of Life) - 70
Mindy Sterling (ex-Mitzi, Desperate Housewives) - 63
Sela Ward (ex-Hilary, Emerald Point, N.A.S.; ex-Teddy, Sisters) - 60
Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, Days of our Lives; ex-Taylor, Melrose Place) - 53
Greg Grunberg (ex-Matt, Heroes) - 50
Robert Fontaine Jr. (ex-Rafe, Santa Barbara; ex-Ray, As the World Turns; ex-Frankie, General Hospital) - 49
Micheal Saucedo (ex-Juan, General Hospital) - 46
Justin Chambers (Alex, Grey's Anatomy; ex-Nick, Another World) - 46
Max Rhyser (ex-Jacob, In Between Men) - 34
Rachael Taylor (ex-Jane, 666 Park Avenue; ex-Lucy, Grey's Anatomy) - 32
Robert Adamson (Noah, The Young and the Restless; ex-Phil, Hollywood Heights; ex-Charles, Lincoln Heights) - 31
Connor Paolo (ex-Declan, Revenge; ex-Eric, Gossip Girl; ex-Travis, One Life to Live) - 26

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