Today in Soap Opera History (February 15)

1967: Peyton Place's Allison famously cut her hair.
1980: AMC's Palmer toasted Nina on her 19th birthday.
1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly blew up a car.
2010: AMC's Greenlee revealed herself to be alive at her wedding.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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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1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Jim and Sam received photos of Keith kissing another woman. Louise told Joanne (Mary Stuart) that Irene (Bess Johnson) planned to destroy Joanne's reputation by leaking information of her affairs and shady business activities. Irene told Jim that she wanted to initiate divorce proceedings between Keith and Joanne, without either of them knowing.

1966: On Peyton Place, Mia Farrow shocked the nation, as well as the show's cast and crew when her charactter, Allison Mackenzie, cut her hair after emotional conversation with Russ Gehring (David Canary).



1973: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) shared a medical update on her daughter, Penny, with Dr. Maggie Powers (Lydia Bruce).



1977: On Ryan's Hope, Pat Ryan (Malcolm Groome) told Bucky Carter (Justin Deas) that he was worried Delia Reid Ryan (Ilene Kristen) was going to get an abortion.



1979: On ABC's hit primetime comedy series Taxi, soap opera fever hit the garage when Bobby auditioned for the part of "Skip," the long-lost beau of "Olivia" on the popular daytime serial "For Better, For Worse." When Bobby was offered a recurring role, he tore up his hack license and confidently vowed never to return to his job as a cabbie, but Louie knew he would be back. Several weeks later, the character of Skip was suddenly killed off in a horrible accident, and Bobby's lifelong dream of being a professional actor was again put on hold. Despite sympathy from the gang, he hesitated to ask for his old job back, knowing he would have to face Louie's gloating.

1980: On All My Children, Palmer (James Mitchell) threw a masquerade party on Nina's (Taylor Miller) 19th birthday.



1980: Eileen Barnett aired for the final time as Stephanie Woodruff on Days of our Lives.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Derek figured out that the strange behavior Miles (Joel Crothers) had displayed of late was caused by his overdosing on amphetamines.



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1985: On Santa Barbara, Lionel (Nicolas Coster) told Sophia (Judith McConnell) he was locked in Channing's room when the murder happened. Elsewhere, Kelly (Robin Wright) escaped from the trailer and found an abandoned car and set it on fire so it would blow up.



1988: On Loving, Ava Rescott Alden (Roya Megnot) tried to find out about her financial standing after learning that "Clay" wasn't really Clay.



1999: On Another World, Paulina Cory Carlino (Judi Evans) revealed to Remy Woods (Taylor Stanley) that Tito Banacek (Troy Hall) was her son.

2008: On One Life to Live, Mayor Lowell informed the room full of shocked guests at the Go Red Ball that Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) was no longer the police commissioner. The mayor announced Lee Ramsey (Hunt Block) was now in charge. Meanwhile, after Jessica Buchanan found Allison Perkins on the terrace, Allison pulled a gun on her.



2010: On All My Children, during her wedding to David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) revealed that she was alive to her family and friends.



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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jane Seymour (ex-Genevieve, Smallville) - 66
Melissa Manchester (Guest Star, Search for Tomorrow) - 66
Kurt McKinney (ex-Ellis, As the World Turns; ex-Liam, Gotham; ex-Matt, Guiding Light; ex-Ned, General Hospital; ex-Doctor, One Life to Live) - 55
Katherine Kamhi (ex-Pamela, All My Children) - 52
Claire Yarlett (ex-Bliss, The Colbys; ex-Whitney, Days of our Lives; ex-Dakota, Rituals) - 51
Kelley Menighan Hensley (Veronica, Tainted Dreams; ex-Emily, As the World Turns) - 50
Michael Easton (Hamilton/ex-Silas/ex-John, General Hospital; ex-John, One Life to Live; ex-Caleb, Port Charles; ex-Tanner, Days of our Lives) - 50
Sarah Wynter (ex-Kate, 24) - 44
Amber Riley (ex-Mercedes, Glee) - 31
Jessica De Gouw (ex-Helena, Arrow) - 29
Bonnie Dennison (ex-Daisy, Guiding Light) - 28
Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, General Hospital) - 12

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email editor@welovesoaps.com.Today in Soap Opera History (February 2)

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