― 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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1966: Producer and director Ted Corday died at age 58. Corday moved from Broadway to radio dramas to television directing at The Guiding Light and As the World Turns. In 1965 NBC asked Corday to create three new daytime soap operas leading to the premieres of Days of our Lives, Paradise Bay and Morning Star. Days continues to this day while the other two shows were went off the air July 1, 1966, three weeks before Corday's death.
1968: On Another World, as he sat on the porch drinking lemonade with Jim and Mary Matthews, Steve Frame (George Reinholt) remembered how he had run five lemonade stands when he was eight, then said he probably bought the Bay City Bengals football team to compensate for never having had time for games.
1971: On The Doctors, Dan Allison (Richard Higgs) told Carolee (Carolee Campbell) that he wanted her back. When she rejected him, he lashed out about her relationship with Steve Aldrich, telling her about his heart disease. As Dan grabbed her in anger, he had an attack and fell to the ground.
1980: Texas actor Chandler Hill Harben debuted on Another World as Max Dekker. He played the role on Texas until February 1981 when future Guiding Light star Jay Hammer took over. Harben went on to star in cable soap Another Life.
1984: On Guiding Light, Darcy (Robin Johnson) wanted Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) to prove he was really back with the Galahads.
1987: Quinn Redeker aired for the final time as Alex Marshall in Days of our Lives.
1987: On All My Children, Skye (Robin Christopher) headed into surgery after crashing her car.
1990: On General Hospital, Decker (Michael Watson) refused to pull over his car so Dawn grabbed the wheel causing Decker to lose control and crash.
1993: On Days of our Lives, Salem said goodbye to Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell) at her funeral.
1997: On Another World, Toni (Rhonda Ross) was terrified when she saw Nick (Mark Mortimer) in the alley.
2009: On The Young and the Restless, Adam (Michael Muhney) broke up with Rafe (Yani Gellman), who believed that Adam was ending things because he wasn't ready to face his sexuality. Adam assured him that he was merely confused and scared. Later, Victor (Eric Braeden) confronted Adam and explained to him that he knew Adam was gay. Victor stunned Adam further when he assured him he accepted him no matter what ("It's all right. I don't want you to worry about a thing. You're my son no matter what. Okay? You'll always be my son.").
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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Terry Davis (ex-Stacey, Another World; ex-Hillary, Sunset Beach; ex-April, The Edge of Night) - 65
Edie McClurg (ex-Hilda, Melrose Place; ex-Airline Passenger, Days of our Lives) - 65
James Acheson (ex-Jack, Days of our Lives) - 57
Eriq La Salle (ex-Mike, One Life to Live) - 54
Beth Ehlers (Coryn, River Ridge; ex-Taylor, All My Children; ex-Harley, Guiding Light) - 48
Charisma Carpenter (ex-Rebecca, The Lying Game; ex-Corelia, Buffy The Vampire Slayer; ex-Ashley, Malibu Shores) - 46
Stephen Martines (ex-Frederick, The Vampire Diaries; ex-Tony, Guiding Light; ex-Nikolas, General Hospital) - 41
Kalup Linzy (ex-Kalup, General Hospital) - 39
Paul Wesley (Stefan, The Vampire Diaries; ex-Logan, Army Wives; ex-Max, Guiding Light; ex-Sean, Another World) - 34
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