Today in Soap Opera History (August 31)

1960: Grace was still bitter on The Secret Storm. 1989: Josie
moved in with the Matthews family on Another World.
1994: Erica was in a neckbrace on All My Children.
2010: Oakdale said goodbye to Nancy Hughes on ATWT.
"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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1948: Radio soap opera The Guiding Light, still almost four years away from making its way to television, introduced the character of Friedrich "Papa" Bauer. Theodore von Eltz originated the role and was replaced by Theo Goetz a year later. Goetz would remain with the show until his death in 1972.

1960: On The Secret Storm, Myra Lake Ames (June Graham) visited Grace Harris Tyrell (Marjorie Gateson), who had something to say about everyone.

1966: On Days of our Lives, Susan (Denise Alexander) already regretted her month-old marriage to David Martin (Clive Clerk), who was still in love with Julie (Charla Doherty). Julie turned to her grandfather Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey) and asked him to help her stay in Salem rather than live with her parents, Ben and Addie, in Europe.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1967: Regina Gleason debuted as Kitty Horton on Days of our Lives.

1981: On The Edge of Night, Gunther (David Froman) told Sky Whitney (Larkin Malloy) that he changed the bullets in Gavin Wylie's (Mark Arnold) gun, then showed him how the scam would work with fake blood.



1982: On Texas, T.J. Canfield (David Forsyth) urged Ashley Linden Marshall (Pamela Long) to tell her husband, Justin (Jerry Lanning), about her pregnancy.

1983: On All My Children, Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Marian Colby (Jennifer Bassey) began an affair behind Liza's (Marcy Walker) back.

Thanks to Patrick for sending in the item above.

1984: On Guiding Light, returning from a trip to Tulsa, H.B. Lewis (Larry Gates) was thrilled to see his paralyzed son, Joshua (Robert Newman), was now able to stand up.



1984: On Santa Barbara, Santana Andrade (Ava Lazar) was bit by a rattlesnake. She was rescued by C.C. Capwell (Peter Mark Richman).



1989: On Another World, Josie Watts (Alexandra Wilson) moved into the Matthews home, much to chagrin of her Aunt Liz Matthews (Irene Dailey) chagrin. Meanwhile, Vicky Hudson (Anne Heche) was not happy to see Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin) at at her mother's (Anna Stuart) apartment.



1991: Coronation Street and Doctor Who writer Gerry Davis passed away at age 61.

1994: On All My Children, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey) helped Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) file an accident report after "that maniac" Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader) "rammed" into the front of her car.



1995: On General Hospital, Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) asked Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) to honor his word about ending his partnership with her husband, Luke (Anthony Geary). Later, Luke became angry when he learned Laura went to Sonny.

2010: On As the World Turns, the Hughes family said goodbye to Nancy (Helen Wagner).





Celebrating a birthday today are:
Anthony D. Call (ex-Herb, One Life to Live; ex-Fred, For Richer, For Poorer; ex-Joe, Guiding Light; ex-Colin, The Edge of Night) - 76
Randy Hamilton
Lee Bryant (ex-Lyla, As the World Turns) - 71
Ronn Carroll (ex-Stan, The Edge of Night) - 71
Randy Hamilton (ex-Rikki, Texas; ex-Ron, Days of our Lives) - 65
Kevin Bash (ex-Phillip, General Hospital) - 61
Jaime Gomez (ex-Sonny, Generations) - 51
Jonathan LaPaglia (ex-Bryan, Brothers & Sisters) - 47
Sara Ramirez (ex-Callie, Grey's Anatomy; ex-Hannah, As the World Turns) - 41
Mike Erwin (ex-Nate, Jack & Bobby) - 38
Chad Brannon (ex-Zander, General Hospital; ex-Lucas, Friday Night Lights; ex-Stan, Undressed) - 37
Joshua Close (ex-Kurt, Undressed) - 35
Ryan Kelley (Jordan, Teen Wolf; ex-Ryan, Smallville) - 30

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