Today in Soap Opera History (September 2)

1964: Another World's Pat had an abortion. 1985: C.C.
collapsed before he could sign his divorce papers on Santa 
Barbara. 1989: Guiding Light's Rick proposed to Meredith.
1997: Another World's Kirkland faced off with a car.
"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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1964: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) had an abortion. This was the first abortion story told in television history. Irna Phillips and William J. Bell were the writers.

1970: On Dark Shadows, David Collins (David Henesy) and Hallie Stokes (Kathy Cody) made a doll and realized that someone would live with them in the dollhouse.

1980: On Another World, Mary Evers (Donna Parsons) told Miranda Bishop (Judith McConnell) she found a tape in the tea canister and Miranda assumed it belonged to Mac Cory (Douglass Watson). Later, Miranda told Mac about the tape. He said it wasn't his, and they agreed she would listen to it to find out who it belonged to, unaware it was a recording of Mitch Blake's (William Gray Espy) confessions about working with Janice Frame to poison Mac.

1980: On Texas, Billy Joe Wright (John McCafferty) tried to force himself on Elena Dekker (Caryn Richman).

1985: On Santa Barbara, C.C. Capwell's (Charles Bateman) aneurysm burst and he fell into a coma while Gina (Linda Gibboney) moved their divorce papers further and further out of his reach so he couldn't sign them.

1985: On General Hospital, Sean Donely (John Reilly) told Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) that he had arranged to return the treasure to the Mexican government. Frisco Jones agreed to go with Felicia Cummings to visit her grandmother to tell her about the treasure.

1988: Carl Anderson returned to Days of our Lives to sing "Friends and Lovers" for Kim and Shane.

1988: On Guiding Light, Rick Bauer (Michael O'Leary) proposed to Meredith Reade (Nicolette Goulet).

1991: The book "Women and Soap Opera: A Study of Prime Time Soaps" by Christine Geraghty was released.

1993: On Days of our Lives, Bo Brady (Robert Kelker-Kelly) gave Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna) a pendant to thank her for everything she had done for him.

1997: On Another World, Kirkland Harrison (Sean Rademaker) was hit by a car driven by Paulina Cory (Judi Evans).

1997: On Days of our Lives, Carrie Brady (Christie Clark) punched her sister, Sami (Alison Sweeney), after interrupting Sami's wedding to Austin Reed (Austin Peck) and revealing Sami was faking amnesia and that Lucas Roberts (Bryan Dattilo) was Will's father, not Austin.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mary Jo Catlett (ex-Mary, General Hospital) - 78
Millee Taggert (Former Writer, All My Children; As the World Turns; The City; Loving; Ryan's Hope; Santa Barbara; Search for Tomorrow; ex-Janet, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Millie, One Life to Live; ex-Geri, The Edge of Night) - 76
Tom Tammi (ex-Tom, As the World Turns; ex-Mark, One Life to Live; ex-Wade, All My Children; ex-Jack, Guiding Light; ex-Logan, The Edge of Night) - 71
Mark Harmon (ex-Fielding, Flamingo Road) - 65
Linda Purl (ex-Doreen, The Secret Storm; ex-Claire, Port Charles; ex-Betsy, Beacon Hill) - 61
Tuc Watkins (ex-David, One Life to Live; ex-Bob, Desperate Housewives; ex-Pierce, General Hospital; ex-Reggie, Santa Barbara) - 50
Salma Hayek (ex-Sofia, Ugly Betty; ex-Juana, El Vuelo Del Aguila) - 50
Cynthia Watros (ex-Kelly, The Young and the Restless; ex-Annie, Guiding Light; ex-Vicky, Another World) - 48
Vincent De Paul (ex-Father Leone, The Bay) - 48
Erin Hershey (ex-Alison, General Hospital; ex-Alison, Port Charles) - 40
Tiffany Hines (ex-Kat, 90210) - 33
Allison Miller (ex-Teen Tracy, General Hospital) - 31
Yani Gellman (ex-Rafe, The Young and the Restless; ex-Garrett, Pretty Little Liars; Diego, 90210; ex-Pete, Greek) - 31

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