Today in Soap Opera History (October 19)

1979: EON's Deborah began receiving mysterious phone calls.
1984: Days' twins Eric and Sami were born. 1992: Days'
Abigail was born. 2006: GL's Olivia told Gus about her rape.
"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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1965: On General Hospital, Bill (Curtis Taylor) made his feelings clear about Dr. Steve Hardy (John Beradino).

1965: On A Time For Us, Dave (Terrence Logan) listened to Steve's (Tom Fielding) confession.

1965: On The Young Marrieds, Ann (Susan Brown) made an effort to charm Mandy (Marla Palmer).

1970: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser) gave Russ (Sam Groom) a signed legal document relinquishing any claim to the trust fund for Jamie.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Deborah Saxon (Frances Fisher) began receiving mysterious phone calls.

1979: On As the World Turns, things continued to be mysterious at The Willows for Lisa (Eileen Fulton) as she anticipated Tom's arrival.

1981: On The Edge of Night, Sky (Lark Malloy) caught Gavin (Mark Arnold) trying to take the pocket watch. Gavin escaped but Sky shot at him with Spencer's gun.

1982: On General Hospital, Bryan (Todd Davis) was upset that Claudia (Bianca Ferguson) invited his father, Eddie (Sammy Davis Jr), over for dinner.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Roman (Wayne Northrop) and Marlena Brady's (Deidre Hall) twins, Eric Roman and Samantha Gene (Sami), were born.

1988: On General Hospital, AJ (Christopher Ren Nelson) was tongue-tied when talking with Melissa (Ami Dolenz).

1992: On Days of our Lives, Jack (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer's (Melissa Reeves) daughter, Abigail Deveraux (now played by Kate Mansi), was born.

1993: On EastEnders, Roly, the poodle that had been on the soap since its 1985 premiere, Roly slipped his lead to chase a cat and was run over by a truck. 14.8 million viewers tuned in to see Roly's last appearance on the show.

2001: On One Life to Live, Viki (Erika Slezak) reacted to the confirmation Natalie (Melissa Archer) was her daughter.

2006: On Guiding Light, Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey) and Tammy (Stephanie Gatschet) made love.

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2006: On Guiding Light, Olivia (Crystal Chappell) revealed to Buzz (Justin Deas) she had been raped and didn't know who was Ava's father.

2007: Tanya Boyd aired for the final time as Celeste Perrault in Days of our Lives.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Lithgow (ex-The White Rabbit, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland; ex-Arthur, Dexter) - 70
Jennifer Holliday (Guiding Light guest star) - 56
Tava Smiley (ex-Chloe, General Hospital) - 45
Desmond Harrington (ex-Alan, Astronaut's Wives Club; ex-Jack, Gossip Girl; ex-Joey, Dexter) - 41
Habib Azar (Director, The Young and the Restless; As the World Turns) - 37
Christopher Gerse (ex-Will, Days of our Lives) - 25
Hunter King (Summer, The Young and the Restless; ex-Adriana, Hollywood Heights) - 23

David Lewis, the original actor to portray Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital, was born 100 years ago today. He passed away on December 11, 2000, at age 84.

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