Today in Soap Opera History (December 15)

1966: David found Victoria on Dark Shadows but left
without helping her. 1982: Holly's preliminary hearing got
underway on GH. 1988: GL's Ben wanted to know if "Aunt Mo" was
his new mommy. 1999: AMC's Alex had big news for David.
"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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1964: On Another World, on the night before Pat Matthews' (Susan Trustman) murder trial was to begin, she still refused to take the truth serum despite a last-minute plea from her father, Jim (Shepperd Strudwick).

1966: On Dark Shadows, David Collins (David Henesy) discovered Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) in the secret room but was afraid he might get into trouble so he ran away and left her there still tied up.

1967: On The Doctors, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) revealed to his wife, Maggie (Bethel Leslie), that the hospital board requested he use the morals clause in Althea's contract to terminate her employment.



1971: On The Edge of Night, Liz (Alberta Grant) received a telegram that said her father, Orin Hillyer, and stepmother, Julie Jamison, had been critically injured in a plane crash.

1982: On General Hospital, a hearing was held to determine if Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) would stand trial on charges she was very closely linked to the murders of Frank Van Geldin and Albert Barker, and the attempted murder of Dan Rooney.



1987: On Days of our Lives, Kim (Patsy Pease) and Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) brought Eve (Charlotte Ross) home to live with them permanently.

1988: On Guiding Light, Ben Reade asked his father, Fletcher (Jay Hammer), if Maureen Bauer (Ellen Parker) was his new mommy.



1993: Rena Sofer debuted as Lois Cerullo on General Hospital.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1999: Valerie Wildman debuted as Fay Walker in Days of our Lives.

1999: On All My Children, Alex Devane (Finola Hughes) told Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) that she was staying in Pine Valley and they would be working together as co-directors of the foundation.



1999: On Passions, Ethan Crane (Travis Schuldt) had an unwelcome surprise for Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Korman, now Lindsay Hartley).



2004: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Jackie Marone (Lesley-Anne Down) named Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) the new Vice President of Jackie M Designs.

2006: On As the World Turns, after Faith Snyder and her new horse went missing, her father, Holden (Jon Hensley), went looking for her. When he returned, he revealed he was only able to find the horse.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Thaao Penghlis (Andre/ex-Tony,Days of our Lives; ex-Victor, General Hospital; ex-Micah, Santa Barbara) - 70
Kipp Whitman (ex-Hank, As the World Turns; ex-Chip, The Edge of Night) - 69
Melanie Chartoff (ex-Nancy, Search for Tomorrow) - 67
Felicity LaFortune (ex-Laurel, All My Children; ex-Leigh, Ryan's Hope; ex-Nora, One Life to Live) - 61
Terry Donahue (ex-Connie, One Life to Live) - 55
Helen Slater (ex-Kristin, The Lying Game) - 52
Michael Shanks (ex-Carter, Smallville) - 45
Geoff Stults (ex-Dale, Undressed) - 38
Adam Brody (ex-Seth, The O.C.) - 36
Michelle Dockery (Mary, Downton Abbey) - 34
Charlie Cox (ex-Owen, Boardwalk Empire) - 33

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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