Today in Soap Opera History (September 15)

1964: Primetime soap opera Peyton Place premiered on ABC.
1988: Santa Barbara's Eden Capwell was raped.
2009: Guiding Light's Alan Spaulding died.
2010: As the World Turns' Carly and Jack married one last time.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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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1964: Primetime soap opera Peyton Place premiered on ABC. Based upon the 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, the series was preceded by a 1957 film adaptation. Peyton Place ran for 514 total episodes with the series finale airing on June 2, 1969.

In the first episode, Dr. Michael Rossi (Ed Nelson) arrived from New York City to set up practice in town. Newspaper editor Matthew Swain (Warner Anderson) told him people usually tried to get away from towns like Peyton Place, not move to them. Matthew's cousin Allison MacKenzie (Mia Farrow), a close friend of classmate Norman Harrington (Christopher Connelly), fell in love with his older brother, Rodney (Ryan O'Neal) as they shared their first kiss. At the end of the episode, Allison's mother, Constance (Dorothy Malone), made it clear she disapproved of her daughter's relationship with Rodney.

1980: On Another World, Rachel told Mac and Russ that Mitch was in the stables and she killed him but Mac thought Rachel was delirious. After Zachary arrived, Mac told him that no one was shot and then tried to convince Rachel that she just had a bad dream. Mac told Zachary that no one visited the house tonight just as Zachary learned a body was found in the stables.

1988: On Santa Barbara, Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) was raped.

1994: On As the World Turns, Christopher Hughes (Christian Siefert) was on the lake canoeing and nearly drowned when a storm hit. He got washed ashore, where Mac McCloskey (Dan Frazer) revived him and built a shelter until someone came to rescue them.

1999: Jacob Young finished a 2-year run as Rick Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. He returned to the role in September 2011 following an 8-year stint as J.R. Chandler in All My Children.

2008: BBC One aired the final episode of Grange Hill. Created by Phil Redmond, who also developed Brookside and Hollyoaks, Grange Hill ran for 601 episodes over 20 years.

2009: On Guiding Light, Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander) proposed to his true love, Beth Raines (Beth Chamberlin). Later, he found his father, Alan Spaulding, (Ron Raines) sitting on a bench, told him about Beth, and thanked him for saving his life before he realized that Alan was dead.

2010: On As the World Turns, Carly Tenney (Maura West) and Jack Snyder (Michael Park) were married again, the final wedding for the couple fans dubbed "CarJack".

2010: Corinne Michaels Camacho, who played Joanne Barnes in Days of our Lives and Joan Dade in Capitol, died at age 68. She also guest-starred in Flamingo Road.

2011: On All My Children, Cara Castillo (Lindsay Hartley) visited David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) in jail and told him that she was pregnant with his child.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Forrest Compton
Forrest Compton (ex-Mike, The Edge of Night; ex-Dr. Daly, Loving; ex-Bill, One Life to Live; ex-Alfred, Another World; ex-Vince, Bright Promise; ex-Grayling, The Brighter Day) - 91
Henry Darrow (ex-Carlos, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Rafael, Santa Barbara; ex-Danto, One Life to Live; ex-Ambassador Tabris, General Hospital; ex-Ramon, Dynasty) - 83
Ed Scott (Supervising Producer, The Bold and the Beautiful; Days of our Lives; The Young and the Restless) - 72
Tommy Lee Jones (ex-Mark, One Life to Live) - 70
Fran Myers (Writer, Days of our Lives; Another World; One Life to Live; ex-Peggy, Guiding Light) - 66
Scott Thompson Baker (ex-Connor, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Brian, Savannah; ex-Craig, All My Children; ex-Colton, General Hospital) - 56
Ross Kettle (ex-Jeffrey, Santa Barbara; ex-Stewart, As the World Turns) - 55
Josh Charles (ex-Will, The Good Wife) - 45
Marisa Ramirez (ex-Carmen, The Young and the Restless; ex-Gia, General Hospital) - 39
Dave Annable (ex-Justin, Brothers & Sisters) - 37
Christian Cooke (ex-Brae, Echo Beach) - 30
Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail, Days of our Lives) - 28

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