Today in Soap Opera History (October 23)

1990: Steve Johnson died on Days of our Lives.
1995: British soap opera Hollyoaks premiered.
2001: As the World Turns' Bryant Montgomery died.
2006: ATWT's Oakdale learned Hal Munson was dead.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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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1978: On Another World, Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) cut off Jamie's (Tim Holcomb) allowance after finding out he had married Blaine Ewing (Laura Malone).

1981: On General Hospital, the residents of Port Charles wanted Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) to have a big wedding.

'The Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Hospitalized After Alleged Suicide Threat

The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John is hospitalized for a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to shoot himself.

TMZ cited unnamed law-enforcement sources as saying St. John's ex-wife Mia contacted police Thursday night to report the Y&R actor had been texting her photos of him holding a gun to his head.

The alleged incident comes nearly two years after their son Julian's suicide at the age of 24, following a long battle with mental illness.

St. John's most recent message on Twitter was a request that his followers share posts from Mia and celebrity psychiatrist Dr. Drew Pinsky regarding mental illness and homelessness.

"MY TWITTER FRIENDS!" he wrote on Oct. 12. "Please retweet this and show support for: #MentalHealthAwareness #Mentalhealth #love #support #together"

St. John has played Neil Winters on Y&R since 1991.



'General Hospital' Spoilers (October 23-27, 2017)

What's happening on General Hospital during the week of October 23-27, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, October 23
Franco confides in Andre; Jake knows better; Scott riles Kiki up.

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (October 23-27, 2017)

What will happen on Days of our Lives during the week of October 23-27, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, October 23
Maggie and Justin interrupt Bonnie and Victor's wedding; Hope and Sami demand answers about Will from an old foe; Kayla and Steve try to figure out what's causing Adrienne's bizarre behavior; Jennifer urges Eric to come back to Salem.

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (October 23-27, 2017)

What's happening on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless during the week of October 23-27, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, October 23
The jig is up for Billy; Victoria asks Chelsea to keep a secret; Cane makes a promise to Juliet.

Today in Soap Opera History (October 22)

1968: Dark Shadows' Joe stabbed himself .
1985: Port Charles residents learned Frisco was presumed dead.
1985: Days of our Lives' Abe shot and killed Richard Cates.
2001: As the World Turns' Bryant crashed his car.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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.

On this date in...

1968: On Dark Shadows, Joe Haskell (Joel Crothers) stabbed himself with a letter opener after Angelique (Lara Parker) told him that he bored her and wanted him to go.

1973: On The Doctors, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) reassured Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) while Dr. Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon) performed surgery on her daughter, Penny.