Today in Soap Opera History (August 8)

1984: Guiding Light's Darcy held Beth and Alexandra hostage.
1984: Santa Barbara's Jade was upset when her brother was
called "Killer Perkins". 1985: Mike Horton arrived in Salem.
1994: General Hospital's Lulu was born.
"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.

On this date in...

1968: On Another World, John (Michael M. Ryan) managed to make Lee (Barbara Rodell) believe he still loved her.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Margo (Ann Williams) reminded David he owed her a favor. David later told Draper (Tony Craig) he did not get the job with Seward, Paxton & Whiteside.

1983: On Capitol, Maggie (Julie Parrish) was unhappy when Trey (Nicholas Walker) could not remember who he was with the night before.

1983: On The Edge of Night, Markham kidnapped Jody and Preacher, then held them prisoners at an abandoned shack by the lake.

1984: On Guiding Light, Darcy Dekker (Robin Johnson) held Beth Raines (Judi Evans) and Alexandra Spaulding (Beverlee McKinsey) hostage.

1984: On Santa Barbara, C.C. held a cocktail party where he mistakenly called Mason (Lane Davies) "Channing" during a toast. Meanwhile, Jade Perkins (Melissa Reeves, then Melissa Brennan) lashed out when she was called the little sister of "Killer Perkins".

1985: Michael T. Weiss debuted as Mike Horton in Days of our Lives.

1993: Actor Harry Bellaver, who played Ernie Downs on both Another World and Somerset, died at age 88. He also appeared in Knots Landing as Laura's father.

1994: On All My Children, Erica tried to cope with Mona's death, and told Bianca of her grandmother's death. After Anton and Edmund told Kendall about Mona's death, she became angered and heartbroken when she read Mona's obituary and found her name not included in the list of mourning relatives. Pine Valley residents began arriving to Mona's wake.

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1994: On One Life to Live, Rebecca Lewis made her feelings clear to Todd Manning (Roger Howarth)

1994: On General Hospital, an injured Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) was wheeled into the hospital, with Luke (Anthony Geary) by her side. Lesley Lu "Lulu" Spencer was born via an emergency cesarean section.

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2001: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorne (Winsor Harmon) advised Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) to let go of Ridge, saying it would never work out for them.

2005: Actress Barbara Bel Geddes, best known for playing Miss Ellie on Dallas, died at age 82.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Lombard (ex-Sandy, The Edge of Night; ex-Cardinal Malone, Guiding Light) - 82
Dustin Hoffman (ex-Chester, Luck) - 79
Patricia Pearcy (ex-Melinda, One Life to Live) - 69
Veronica Redd (ex-Mamie, The Young and the Restless) - 68
Keith Carradine (ex-Wild Bill, Deadwood; ex-Frank, Dexter) - 67
Jayne Bentzen (ex-Nicole, The Edge of Night)
Steve Callahan (ex-Police Officer, Days of our Lives) - 49
Chris Beetem (ex-Tate, One Life to Live; ex-Jordan, As the World Turns) - 47
Enzo Cilenti (ex-Carlo, MI-5) - 42
Tawny Cypress (ex-Brenda, Army Wives; ex-Simone, Heroes; ex-Shambala, All My Children) - 40
Lindsay Sloane (ex-Marcy, Grosse Point) - 39
Michael Urie (ex-Marc, Ugly Betty) - 36
Guy Burnet (ex-Craig, Hollyoaks) - 33
Peyton List (Lisa, The Flash; ex-Cara, The Tomorrow People; ex-Jane, Mad Men; ex-Lindsey, 90210; ex-Lucy, As the World Turns) - 30
Laura Wiggins (ex-Karen, Shameless; ex-Lisa, Private Practice) - 28
Jake Goldsbie (ex-Toby, Degrassi) - 28
Ken Baumann (ex-Ben, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 27

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