Today in Soap Opera History (March 14)

1968: Angelique's portrait first appeared on Dark Shadows.
1980: The Edge of Night's Nola confessed her crimes.
1989: Another World's Vicky gave birth to a baby boy.
1996: General Hospital's Jason ran into Robin on the bridge.
"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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1968: On The Doctors, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) tried to console Dr. Karen Werner (Laryssa Lauret) after she received a cablegram with news of her father's death.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Natalie DuPres (Grayson Hall) saw the portrait of Josette hanging over the fireplace change into a portrait of Angelique.



1980: On Ryan's Hope, Jack Fenelli (Michael Levin) considered using a medical hypnotist.



1980: On Another World, in St. Croix, Janice Frame (Christine Jones) stabbed Mitch Blake (William Gray Espy).



1980: On The Edge of Night, Nola Madison (Kim Hunter) confessed to murdering Margo and framing Draper Scott.



1980: On Dallas, Jock, Miss Ellie, Bobby and Pam Ewing visited Amanda, Jock’s first wife. Vaughn Leland told J.R. he was joining the deal with the cartel members who were buying Ewing Oil's Asian wells, not realizing at the time the wells were about to be nationalized. Everyone in the cartel became a suspect after J.R. was shot a week later.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Kelly Capwell (Robin Wright) learned her mother, Sophia (Judith McConnell), was alive.



1989: On Another World,  with coaching from Dr. Jamie Frame (Laurence Lau) over the phone, Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin) helped deliver Vicky Hudson Frame's (Anne Heche) baby boy (named Steven Frame).

1996: On All My Children, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) had to choose between Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader) and Dr. Jonathan Kinder (Michael Sabatino). A special addiction PSA aired at the end of the episode.



1996: On General Hospital, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) ran into Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) on the bridge.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Steve Kanaly (ex-Ray, Dallas; ex-Charles, DeVanity; ex-Seabone, All My Children) - 71
Billy Crystal (ex-Jodie, SOAP) - 69
Season Hubley (ex-Angelique, All My Children) - 66
Russell Todd (ex-Jamie, Another World; ex-Jordy, Capitol) - 59
Tamara Tunie (ex-Judge Weston, Days of our Lives; ex-Jessica, As the World Turns) - 58
Penny Johnson (ex-Debbie, General Hospital) - 56
Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, Days of our Lives; ex-Jade, Santa Barbara) - 50
Priscilla Garita (ex-Lupe, General Hospital; ex-Theresa, Passions; ex-Gabi, Sunset Beach; ex-Kathy, Another World; ex-Anita, All My Children; ex-Rita, As the World Turns) - 49
Tyler Noyes (ex-C.J., One Life to Live) - 31

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