Today in Soap Opera History (October 21)

1982: General Hospital's Bryan visited his father.
1988: Guiding Light's Rick had an epiphany on his wedding day.
1997: Another World's Felicia removed her bandages.
2004: Guiding Light's Reva told Cassie that JB was Jonathan.
"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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1953: On Hawkins Falls, May Shipley (Vivian Lasswell) came to Dr. Floyd Corey (Maurice Copeland) for help with a problem. Meanwhile, Sue Riga (Toni Gilman) tore into Mitch Fredericks (Jim Bannon). Hugh Downs was the announcer for the show at this time.



1975: On Ryan's Hope, Delia Ryan (Ilene Kristen) accused Jillian Coleridge (Nancy Addison) of using the campaign to keep Delia's husband, Frank (Andrew Robinson), away from her.



1982: On General Hospital, Bryan Phillips (Todd Davis) kissed and made up with his wife, Claudia (Bianca Ferguson). Bryan later paid a visit to his father, Eddie (Sammy Davis Jr.).



1988: On Another World, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) and Nicole (Anne Howard) told Felicia (Linda Dano) that wanted to call off their planned double wedding, so the focus can be solely on Felicia and Mitch (William Gray Espy). Later, Jason Frame (Chris Robinson) revealed to Matthew Cory (Matt Crane) that Jason's sister, Jason, had been murdered by Matt's mother, Rachel.



1988: On Guiding Light, as Rick Bauer (Michael O'Leary) and Meredith Reade's (Nicolette Goulet) wedding began, Rick started to realize the truth about the baby Meredith was carrying, which he later learned was fathered by his best friend, Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander).



1994: On All My Children, Opal Cortlandt (Jill Larson) told Tad and Dixie Martin she thought her husband, Palmer, was gone for good this time.



1997: On Another World, Felicia Gallant (Linda Dano) unwrapped her facial bandages and was horrified at what she saw.



1999: Brandon Tyler began a two month run as Philip Kiriakis in Days of our Lives.

2004: On Guiding Light, Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) revealed to her sister, Cassie Winslow (Laura Wright), that "JB" was actually her son, Jonathan.



Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2008: SOAPnet aired the final episode of General Hospital: Night Shift after two seasons.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rhoda Gemignani (ex-Aunt Grace, General Hospital) - 76
Everett McGill (ex-Big Ed, Twin Peaks; ex-Chad, Guiding Light) - 71
Dick Christie (ex-Stanley, Days of our Lives) - 68
Patti Davis (ex-Marissa, Rituals; ex-Marla, The Edge of Night) - 64
Jim Fitzpatrick (Sound Department, Mad Men; Melrose Place; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Models Inc.; Beverly Hills, 90210) - 64
Carrie Fisher (ex-Madison, Jack & Bobby) - 60
Tony Rhodes (ex-Jesse, Days of our Lives) - 46
Jonathan Sharp (ex-Sergei, Another World; Loving) - 45
Sasha Roiz (Sean, Grimm; ex-Marcus, Warehouse 13; ex-Stephen, Playmakers) - 43
Michael McMillian (ex-Steve, True Blood) - 38
Will Estes (ex-Brandon, Santa Barbara; ex-Will, Reunion; ex-Andrew, 7th Heaven) - 38
Matt Dallas (ex-Chad, Eastwick; ex-Kyle, Kyle XY) - 34
Aaron Tveit (ex-Trip, Gossip Girl) - 33
Charlotte Sullivan (ex-Mandy, M.V.P.) - 33
Rachael Hip-Flores (Juliet, Producing Juliet; Vivian, Anyone But Me)

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email editor@welovesoaps.com.

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