Today in Soap Opera History (September 22)

1972: Search for Tomorrow's Jo and Tony were married.
1977: Days of our Lives' Marlena was locked in a sanitarium.
1997: General Hospital's Brenda was left at the altar.
1998: Y&R's Drucilla surprised Neil and Victoria.
"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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1955: On British radio soap opera The Archers, Grace died in the Brookfield stables.

1972: On Search for Tomorrow, Joanne Tate (Mary Stuart) married Dr. Tony Vincente (Anthony George).

Thanks to Susan for sending in the item above.

1977: On Days of our Lives, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) was trapped in the sanitarium, mistaken for her twin sister, Samantha.

1986: On Another World, Michael Hudson (Kale Browne) insisted that his daughter, Marley Love (Ellen Wheeler), call off her big wedding to Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin). They decided eloping was the best thing Jake and Marley could to in order to keep them safe from Reginald Love (John Considine).

1986: On Santa Barbara, Cruz Castillo (A Martinez) had a flashback to a memory of Katie Timmons on the beach.

1988: On Guiding Light, Harley Cooper (Beth Ehlers) and Alan-Michael Spaulding (Carl T. Evans) enjoyed the good life.

1994: NBC sitcom Friends premiered. The show featured continuing story arcs including love triangles and cliffhangers. On the show, Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey, also played a doctor on Days of our Lives.

1997: On General Hospital, Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil) was left at the altar during her wedding to Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

1998: On The Young and the Restless, newly-engaged lovebirds Neil (Kristoff St. John) and Victoria (Heather Tom) returned to his place after a dinner date and were shocked to find that Neil's ex-wife, Drucilla (Victoria Rowell), had just landed back in town hoping to surprise him. As Neil wondered, who got the bigger surprise that night?

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

1995: On Guiding Light, Roger Thorpe (Michael Zaslow) married Dinah Marler.

1999: The West Wing premiered on NBC. Martin Sheen starred as the President.

2000: On As the World Turns, Lily and Rose were revealed to be twins.

2006: Jason Cook aired for the final time as Shawn Douglas Brady in Days of our Lives. After a nine year absence, Cook returns to the role in November.

2011: Crystal Chappell aired for the last time as Carly Manning in Days of our Lives.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Steven Williford (Director, Days of our Lives; All My Children; As the World Turns) - 60
Lynn Herring (Lucy, General Hospital; ex-Audrey, As the World Turns; ex-Lucy, Port Charles; ex-Lisanne, Days of our Lives) - 58
Catherine Oxenberg (ex-Amanda, Dynasty) - 55
Mireille Enos (ex-Sarah, The Killing) - 41
Daniella Alonso (ex-Nora, Revolution; ex-Carlotta, Friday Night Lights; ex-Pilar, As the World Turns) - 38
Michael Graziadei (Daniel, The Young and the Restless) - 37
Billie Piper (ex-Rose, Doctor Who) - 34
Chase Ellison (ex-Noah, The Young and the Restless) - 23

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