Today in Soap Opera History (August 23)

1960: Alan was unhappy with Susan on The Secret Storm.
1984: Jonathan had Nola Star Trek style fantasy on Guiding Light.
2000: Jensen Ackles made his last appearance on Days of our Lives.
2006: Jeffrey Carlson debuted as Zarf on All My Children.
"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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1960: On The Secret Storm, Bryan Fuller (Carl King) was invited over for dinner with Susan (Mary Foskett) and Alan Dunbar (James Vickery), who was less than thrilled about it.

Find out more about The Secret Storm in Remembering Woodbridge: A History of the Late, Great 'Secret Storm'.

Patty Weaver
1966: On Another World, Danny Fargo (Antony Ponzini) and Missy Palmer (Carol Roux) were married.

1974: Patty Weaver debuted as Trish Clayton on Days of our Lives.

1979: On Guiding Light, Dr. Margaret Sedwick (Margaret Gwenver) told Justin Marler (Tom O'Rourke) and Eve Stapleton McFarren that Jackie Spaulding (Cindy Pickett) had lost her baby.



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1984: On Guiding Light, Nola (Lisa Brown) was determined to give Jonathan (Damion Scheller) a normal childhood, which led to his "Star Trek" fantasy where he destroys Nola with a mind meld.



1995: Actress Leslie Graves, who played Brenda Clegg on the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol, died at age 35.

1996: On General Hospital, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) caught Stefan (Stephen Nichols) snooping in Room 666.



2000: Jensen Ackles aired for the final time as Eric Brady on Days of our Lives.

2001: On As the World Turns, Donna Love (Anna Stuart) decided to become the nanny to Jake and Vicky's twins.

2001: On Days of our Lives, Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) and Brady (Kyle Lowder) sang "Sixteen Going On Seventeen."



2004: On One Life to Live, Nora Buchanan (Hillary B. Smith) and Daniel Colson (Mark Dobies) went on a double date with John McBain (Michael Easton) and Evangeline Williamson (Renee Elise Goldsberry).



2006: Jeffrey Carlson debuted as Zarf on All My Children.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rick Springfield
Barbara Eden (ex-Lee Ann, Dallas) - 82
Rowena Wallace (ex-Mary, Neighbours; ex-June, Home and Away) - 69
Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, General Hospital) - 67
Frank Runyeon (ex-Steve, As the World Turns; ex-Michael, Santa Barbara; ex-Forrest, All My Children; ex-Simon, General Hospital; ex-Ed, Another World) - 63
Charles Busch (ex-Peg, One Life to Live) - 62
Chris Potter (ex-Evan, The Young and the Restless; ex-David, Queer as Folk) - 56
Alli Brown (ex-Sarah, Days of our Lives) - 48
Ray Park (ex-Edgar, Heroes) - 42
Andrew Rannells (Guest Star, Glee) - 38
Brandon Tyler (ex-Philip, Days of our Lives)
Annie Ilonzeh (ex-Joanna, Arrow; ex-Lana, Switched at Birth; ex-Maya, General Hospital) - 33
Kim Matula (Tiffany, UnREAL; ex-Hope, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 28
Karolina Sivas (Vivie, Broken at Love) - 28

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