Today in Soap Opera History (July 25)

1988: Days of our Lives' Kayla and Steve got married.
1991: Another World's Felicia married Lucas.
1991: Jensen Buchanan debuted as Vicky on Another World.
1994: A tornado hit All My Children's Pine Valley.
"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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1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) accused Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) of knowing something about her past.

1968: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) was brought into the emergency room following his motorcycle crash.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1969: On The Doctors, amnesiac Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) was not happy that Dr. Gellar would only reveal bits and pieces of information about her past.

1979: Oscar nominee Quinn Redeker debuted as Alex Marshall in Days of our Lives. It wasn't long before he was dating Days co-star Deidre Hall (Marlena).

1980: Caryn Richman and Randy Hamilton debuted on Another World as their Texas characters Elena and Rikki Dekker. Elena sang at Mike Marshall's funeral. Texas premiered on August 4th.

1984: Jermaine Jackson and Whitney Houston taped their August guest appearance at the As the World Turns studio in New York.

1986: Billy Warlock debuted as Frankie in Days of our Lives.

1988: On Days of our Lives, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) were married.

1988: On General Hospital, Terry (Robyn Bernard) led a group rendition of Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World."

1991: On Another World, Felicia Gallant (Linda Dano) married Lucas (John Aprea). Jensen Buchanan debuted as Vicky Hudson near the end of this episode.

1994: On All My Children, a tornado hit Pine Valley.

2005: On As the World Turns, after receiving a frantic call from Rosanna, Paul (Roger Howarth) tried to find and meet with her wondering why she needed to talk to him. Craig called Rosanna from his car and tried to persuade her to come home and be a mother to "their son." Rosanna would not agree to ignore the fact that Craig switched the babies in the hospital, and then she was horrified to realize that Craig was right behind her in his car. He asked her to pull over, but she only sped up. Craig pulled up alongside Rosanna and began bumping her car to get her to pull over. Rosanna panicked and crashed in the woods. Paul arrived at the crash scene, found an unconscious Rosanna out of the car, and called 911.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2006: Singer Rihanna appeared on All My Children during the grand opening of "ConFusion." She sang both her blockbuster summer hit "S.O.S" and "Kisses Don't Lie" from her album, "A Girl Like Me."

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Bobbie Eakes (ex-Krystal, All My Children; ex-Daniella, Sordid Lives; ex-Macy, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 55
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 55
Darren Star (Creator, 90210; Melrose Place; Central Park West) - 55
Illeana Douglas (ex-Sheila, Ugly Betty) - 51
D.B. Woodside (ex-Malcolmn, Single Ladies; ex-Joe, Parenthood) - 47
Yvonne SciĆ² (ex-Elyssa, One Life to Live) - 47
Miriam Shor (Mandy, The Good Wife; ex-Cricket, GCB; ex-Janet, Swingtown) - 45
Juan Pablo Di Pace (ex-Nicolas, Dallas) - 37
James Lafferty (ex-Nathan, One Tree Hill) - 31
Shantel VanSanten (Patty, The Flash; ex-Quinn, One Tree Hill) - 31
Lenny Platt (Griffin, How to Get Away with Murder; ex-Nate, One Life to Live) - 30
Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 28
Jillian Clare (ex-Tori, Miss Behave; ex-Abby, Days of our Lives) - 24
Mason Cook (ex-Jasper, Desperate Housewives) - 16

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