Today in Soap Opera History (July 30)

1984: Guiding Light's Reva Shayne declared herself "The
Slut of Springfield" in the country cub fountain after getting
 fed up with Josh's mistreatment of her.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

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1957: NBC Radio aired the final episode of Hilltop House. The show had run on and off since November 1, 1937.

1968: On Dark Shadows, after trying and failing to kill Barnabas (Jonathan Frid), Cassandra (Lara Parker) continued to age rapidly, thanks to Nicholas.

1984: Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara premiered on NBC.
1984: Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson, premiered on NBC. In the first episode, Joe Perkins (Dane Witherspoon), who had always claimed his innocence, was released from prison after spending five years in jail for the murder of Channing Capwell, Jr.; Joe headed toward Santa Barbara with the intention of clearing his name; Kelly (Robin Wright), Joe's former girlfriend, celebrated her engagement to Peter (Stephen Meadows); a mystery woman tried to keep Joe from reaching his home town; Minx Lockridge (Dame Judith Anderson) attempted to have C.C. Capwell (Peter Mark Richman) arrested on bogus charges; Ted (Todd McKee) brought Laken (Julie Ronnie) to his sister's party; and Santana (Ava Lazar) wanted revenge against Joe.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 29)

1966: Days of our Lives' Susan was unhappy to be pregnant.
1994: All My Children's Brooke slapped Adam. 2008: Passions'
"Gertrude" was on Ethan's mind at his wedding.  2011: Hollyoaks'
Brendan confessed his love for Ste.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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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1966: On Days of our Lives, Dr. Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey) confirmed to Susan Hunter (Denise Alexander) that she was pregnant. A distraught Susan told Tom she was going to give the baby up for adoption the day it was born.

1971: On Another World, Steve (George Reinholt) cleared the air with Mary (Virginia Dwyer) by promising to spend his life making Alice happy.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 28)

1975: Another World's Iris took a bottle of pills. 1995: Days
of our Lives' Sami fainted at Austin and Carrie's wedding.
1997: An ultrasound couldn't find Kevin and Lucy's baby's
heartbeat on Port Charles. 2010: As the World Turns'
Barbara had a clown vision of James.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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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1969: On The Doctors, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) clashed with his son, Mike (Peter Burnell), over Mike's recent behavior. Later, Mike apologized and asked Matt for advice in dealing with his feelings for Nancy Bennet (Nancy Donohue).

1975: On Another World, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) downed a bottle of sleeping pills. After taking the pills Iris said to herself, "Daddy... oh, Daddy... everything is going to be all right now... Daddy."

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Bob Reid (Earl Hindman) told the police captain that Frank said the word "push" when he woke up. Bob was convinced Frank's fall was not an accident.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 27)

1981: Guiding Light's Kelly confronted Nola about her lies.
1983: All My Children's Angie wanted her parents to raise her baby.
1998: General Hospital's Mac and Felicia were married.
2011: Days of our Lives' T continued to have a problem with Sonny.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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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1950: On CBS radio soap opera The Guiding Light (still two years away from its television debut), Meta Bauer White (Jone Allison) called Dr. Ross Bolling and asked him to visit her. When Ross arrived, Meta revealed she wasn't ill and wanted to talk to him about Chuckie, and the issues she has with how Ted treats him.

Nichelle Nichols to Guest Star on 'The Young and The Restless'

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, will appear on two upcoming episodes of CBS soap opera The Young and The Restless, Mashable reports. Her character, Lucinda, will share an “emotional connection” with a resident of Genoa City.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be a member of the cast of this historic moment in daytime television,” Nichols tells the site. “I’ve been a huge fan of The Young and the Restless for decades. I’m equally honored to be from Chicago like the Bell Family who created this incredible TV show.”

Nichols is scheduled to make her first Y&R appearance on September 1.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 26)

The cast of Young Widder Brown.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

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1938: Young Widder Brown premiered on NBC Radio. The popular Frank and Anne Hummert radio soap opera told the story of young Ellen Brown, a 30 year old mother, who struggled to raise her children without the small town mentality that came with living in Simpsonville. The show ran for nearly 18 years, until June 22, 1956.

1972: On As the World Turns, Tom Hughes (Peter Galman) and Carol Deming (Rita McLaughlin) were married. The wedding was shot on location at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Riverdale, New York.

1976: One Life to Live and General Hospital each expanded to 45-minute episodes each weekday. Up until this point, One Life to Live had aired right after General Hospital, but would air before GH  for the remainder of its run on ABC (January 13, 2012).

1976: On Another World, Mac Cory (Douglass Watson) accused his wife, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham), of neglecting her son, Jamie Frame (Bobby Doran).

1985: On Santa Barbara, Barnaby "Brick" Wallace (Richard Eden) and Amy Perkins (Kerry Sherman) held a crossbow on Jerry Lee (Joel Crothers) and Jack Lee (also Joel Crothers), with both men claiming to be Jack. Julia Wainwright arrived and kissed them both to figure out who was the real Jack. Later, Jerry and Jack battled in a sword duel.