Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

1979:The Edge of Night's Louise attacked Paige.
1980: General Hospital's Luke & Laura spent the night in Wyndham's.
1987: Bold and the Beautiful's Thorne considered a career move.
1993: One Life to Live's Nora made closing arguments in Todd's case.
"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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1928: Real Folks from Thompkins Corner, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC.

1968: On Another World, Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) recognized Adam (Robert Rodan), who took her hostage as she was walking home from the Old House.

1971: On The Doctors, Dan told Carolee that he wanted to send Billy away to school.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Louise (Evalyn Baron) tried to kill Paige Madison (Margaret Colin).

1980: On General Hospital, Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) were on the run and spent the night in Wyndham's Department Store.

1980: On Texas, Paige (Lisby Larson) sang "The Lady Is A Tramp."

1981: Guiding Light actress Kathleen Cullen (Amanda) gave birth to a 7-pound 13-ounce baby girl, Alexis. Cullen would return to the show from maternity leave in September.

1981: On Another World, Cecile (Nancy Frangione) and Sandy (Chris Rich) worried about Jamie (Richard Bekins), who couldn't stop coughing.

1983: Another World stars Linda Dano (Felicia) and Stephen Schnetzer (Cass) appeared at "Soaps Alive" at the Albany Mall.

1984: On Guiding Light, Darcy (Robin Johnson) was still on the loose at Cedar's Hospital.

1987: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorne (Clayton Norcross) considered leave Forrester Creations for Spencer Publications.

1988: PUSH, the short-lived ABC primetime soap about Olympic hopefuls, aired its third and final episode leaving five episodes unaired.

1993: On One Life to Live, Nora (Hillary B. Smith) gave her closing remarks at the Todd (Roger Howarth), Zach (Josh Philip Weinstein) and Powell's (Sean Moynihan) rape trial.

2010: On As the World Turns, Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) realized Chris (Daniel Cosgrove) was lying about his illness.

2012: On The Young and the Restless, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) shoved a drunk Sharon (Sharon Case) into the pool to sober her up.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barbara Windsor (ex-Peggy, EastEnders) - 79
Louise Sorel (Emily, Beacon Hill; ex-Vivian, Days of our Lives; ex-Augusta, Santa Barbara; ex-Judith, One Life to Live) - 76
Nathan Purdee (Ethan, Tainted Dreams; ex-Hank, One Life to Live; ex-Nate, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jake, Santa Barbara) - 66
Catherine Hicks (ex-Annie, 7th Heaven; ex-Faith, Ryan's Hope) - 65
Valerie Wildman (ex-Fay, Days of our Lives) - 63
Mady Kaplan (ex-Marie, As the World Turns; ex-Bobbie, The Edge of Night; ex-Pearl, Guiding Light) - 60
Grant Aleksander (Adam, Tainted Dreams; ex-Phillip, Guiding Light; ex-DJ, Capitol; ex-Alec, All My Children) - 57
Mike Greenberg (ex-Elliot, Guiding Light) - 49
Merrin Dungey (ex-Ellie, Hollywood Heights; ex-Barbara, Revenge) - 45
Jason O'Mara (ex-Jim, Terra Nova; ex-Sam, Life on Mars; ex-Stuart, Men in Trees; ex-Richard, The Bill) - 44
Vera Farmiga (Norma, Bates Motel) - 43
Melissa George (ex-Sadie, Grey's Anatomy; ex-Angel, Home and Away) - 40
Josh Schwartz (Executive Producer/Writer, Gossip Girl; The O.C.) - 40
Leslie Odom Jr. (ex-Sam, Smash) - 35
Ryan Sypek (ex-Ryan, Greek; ex-Junior, Wildfire) - 34
Amie Marzen (ex-Julie, Ragged Isle)

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