Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

2008: The final episode of Passions aired on DirecTV's The 101.
"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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1950: On The Guiding Light, during breakfast Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow) told his sister, Meta White (Jone Allison), that he and Bert were interested in buying a house in Beverly Hills. Later, Meta received a long-distance phone call from her husband, Ted.



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1974: Douglass Watson made his first appearance as Mackenzie Cory on Another World. Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year, had left the show in June. Watson's first scene was with Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) and Louise. He earned three Emmy nominations for his work at AW during his 15-year run, winning twice (1980, 1981). He also won a Daytime Emmy in 1978 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming.

In our 2010 interview with Nicolas Coster, Watson's Another World co-star had this to say: "We all know Douglass was the prince of daytime. The crowned prince, the king, one of the grandest people I have ever known, ever. He ranks up there with Gregory Peck and Robert Redford. He was a fantastic actor and a wonderful human being. Enough good cannot be said of Douglass Watson. And everyone else says it, I have never heard an ill word against Douglass."

1980: On The Edge of Night, Logan (Joe Lambie) told April that "Kirk Michaels" did not exist.



1983: Actor David Ford passed away in his sleep at age 58. He played Sam Evans in Dark Shadows, and also appeared in Loving, The Edge of Night and Love of Life.

1984: On Guiding Light, Darcy Dekker (Robin Johnson) held Beth Raines (Judi Evans) hostage.



1985: Actress Grayson Hall died at age 62. Her soap roles included Dr. Julia Hoffman in Dark Shadows, Marge Grey on All My Children, and Euphemia Ralston in One Life to Live.

1985: On General Hospital, Sean Donely (John Reilly) wanted Grant to get the jewels that Felicia was wearing. Meanwhile, Tony (Brad Maule) and Tanya made love for the first time since his accident.



1986: On Another World, Zane Lindquist (Patrick Tovatt) was wounded during a shootout with Ludwig.



2001: On As the World Turns, while Cass Winthrop (Stephen Schnetzer) was cross-examining Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk), she revealed her disfigured face on the witness stand.

2001: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Ridge (Ronn Moss) continued to resist Brooke's attempts to start up their relationship again.

2006: On One Life to Live, Todd Manning was distraught when Michael McBain (Nathaniel Marston) informed him that Starr (Kristen Alderson) might have brain damage due to injuries sustained at the rock quarry. Later, an unconscious Starr opened her eyes in the hospital.



2008: The final episode of Passions (#2,231) aired on DirecTV's The 101. Before moving to DirectTV on September 17, 2007, Passions ran on NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007. After finally marrying Ethan (Eric Martsolf), Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) turned to the camera and said, "After all these years, I've learned one thing for sure: Always follow your passion, because that and that alone will lead you to your happy ending."



2009: On The Young and the Restless, Adam (Michael Muhney) had to admit to Heather he had sex with Rafe but only once. Elsewhere, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) told Victor he was the only man she had ever truly loved.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Glover (Jared, The Good Wife; ex-Billy, Search for Tomorrow) - 72
David Rasche (ex-Cal, Ugly Betty; ex-Robert, All My Children; ex-Wes, Ryan's Hope) - 72
Wayne Knight (ex-Brian, Torchwood: Miracle Day) - 61
David Duchovny (Fox, The X-Files; ex-Agent Dennis/Denise, Twin Peaks) - 56
Maggie Wheeler (Trinette, Archer) - 55
DeLane Matthews (ex-Janine, General Hospital; ex-Amber, Guiding Light) - 54
Harold Perrineau (ex-Michael, Lost) - 53
Sydney Penny (ex-Julia, All My Children; ex-Samantha, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Meg, Sunset Beach; ex-BJ, Santa Barbara) - 45
Rachel York (ex-Rita, One Life to Live) - 45
Michael Shannon (Nelson, Boardwalk Empire) - 42
Luca Calvani (ex-Dante, As the World Turns) - 42
Eric Johnson (ex-Whitney, Smallville) - 37
Randy Wayne (ex-Justin, The Lying Game) - 35
Liam James (ex-Jack, The Killing) - 20

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