Today in Soap Opera History (October 1)

1976: Days of our Lives' Doug and Julie were finally married.
1985: John Sanderford joined Ryan's Hope as Frank Ryan.
1990: Dutch soap Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden premiered.
2003: Kelly Monaco debuted as Sam McCall on General Hospital.
"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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1968: On Another World, seething with anger after a fight with his mother, Liz (Audra Lindley), Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) crashed his car.

1976: On Days of our Lives, Doug Williams (Bill Hayes) and Julie Olson (Susan Seaforth Hayes) were married.

Below are Doug and Julie's vows:

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes as Doug and Julie
Williams on Days of our Lives.
Doug: God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them, and He blessed them.
Julie: And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helpmeet for him.
Doug: Rise up, my love, my fair one and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vine with the tender grape give a good fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Julie: Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, I will die, and there will I be buried; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

You can get a glimpse of the wedding in the montage below, which includes memorable Days ceremonies during the show's fist 25 years.

1979: On As the World Turns, Kim Stewart (Kathryn Hays), Grant Colman (James Douglas), Tom Hughes (Tom Tammi) and Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner) were concerned about Lisa's (Eileen Fulton) move to the Willows.

1984: On One Life to Live, Dan asked Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) if he could spend the night with her, but she kissed him on the cheek and told him there had been a misunderstanding.

1985: John Sanderford made his first appearance as Frank Ryan in Ryan's Hope. He was the fifth and final actor to play the role.

1990: Dutch soap opera Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (Good Times, Bad Times) premiered. It was the first daily soap in the Netherlands and has continued to this day.

1992: German soap Marienhof premiered. The show ran until on June 15, 2011.

2003: Actress Julie Parrish died at age 62.  Her soap roles included Sister Theresa on Days of our Lives, Maggie Brady in CAPITOL and Joan Diamond on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210.

2003: Kelly Monaco debuted as Sam McCall on General Hospital.

2003: Michael Easton debuted as John McBain on One Life to Live.

2004: Actor Ron Hayes died at age 75.  His soap roles included Phil Brewer on General Hospital and Hank Johnson in Dallas.

2012: Actor Eugene Smith died at age 86. His soap roles included Bill Bauer in Guiding Light, Steve Adler on The Edge of Night, Will Price in Somerset and Ed Berns on Another World.

2014: Billy Miller debuted as John Doe, later dubbed Jake Doe aka Jason Morgan, on General Hospital.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Stephen Collins (ex-Gene, Revolution; ex-Phillipe, Devious Maids; ex-Eric, 7th Heaven) - 69
Richard Council (ex-Michael, Love of Life; ex-Sam, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Cliff, Guiding Light; ex-Dr. Guardia, Another World; ex-Sheriff Ogilvy, One Life to Live; ex-Dick, All My Children; ex-Ari/Hal, As the World Turns; ex-Parker, Loving) - 69
Yvette Freeman (ex-Dr. Lewis, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Lesley, Days of our Lives) - 58
Melissa Salmons (Writer, Days of our Lives; The Young and the Restless; Another World; Guiding Light; One Life to Live) - 58
John Amour (ex-Mike, Days of our Lives) - 56
Elizabeth Dennehy (ex-Laura, The Young and the Restless; ex-Blake, Guiding Light) - 56
Esai Morales (ex-Lee, Los Americans) - 54
Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth, Guiding Light) - 53
Barbara Tyson (ex-Dawn, Another World) - 52
Ted King (ex-Tomas, One Life to Live; ex-Lorenzo, General Hospital; ex-Danny, The City; ex-Ron, Another World) - 51
Deborah Zoe (ex-Eden, Guiding Light) - 44
Alex McCord (ex-McCarthy, One Life to Live) - 43
Christian Borle (ex-Tom, Smash) - 43
Sherri Shaum (Lena, The Fosters; ex-Keri, One Life to Live; ex-Vanessa, Sunset Beach) - 42
Tobias Truvillion (ex-Vincent, One Life to Live) - 41
Danielle Bisutti (ex-Joan, The O.C.) - 40
Rupert Friend (Peter, Homeland) - 35
Jordan Woolley (ex-Nick, As the World Turns) - 35
Leah Renee (ex-Alice, The Playboy Club; ex-Sally, Degrassi) - 31
Jurnee Smollett-Bell (ex-Nicole, True Blood; ex-Jess, Friday Night Lights) - 30

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