Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

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1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Tobias was the talk of the town, and Paige encountered a masked man with a gun.

1989: SAVED BY THE BELL, which launched the careers of Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkeley, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies, debuted on NBC's Saturday morning lineup.

2006: ALL MY CHILDREN's Jacob Young gave his final performance as Lumiere in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway after a three month run.

2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Jonathan returned to check on Reva.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ray Wise (ex-Jamie, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Blair, DALLAS; ex-Hal, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Spiros, THE COLBYS; Leland, TWIN PEAKS) - 65
James Marsters (ex-Spike, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; ex-Brainiac, SMALLVILLE; ex-Barnabas, CAPRICA) - 49
Donn Swaby (ex-Chad, PASSIONS) - 38
Misha Collins (Castiel, SUPERNATURAL) - 37
Kai Soremekun (Lisa, CHICK)
Demi Lovato (ex-Hayley, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 19

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