Today in Soap Opera History (September 21)

On this date in...

1939: Radio station WJSV in Washington, D.C. recorded their entire broadcast day. From 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day a "time capsule" was created for posterity. Of important note is Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to Congress encouraging repeal of the U.S. Neutrality Law. There were a number of soaps as well and you can listen to HILLTOP HOUSE here.

2005: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Patrick comforted Chelsea after Sami called her a whore.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Larry Hagman (J.R. DALLAS) - 80
Stephen King (Writer, HAVEN) - 64
David James Elliott (Ripp, GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES; ex-Terry, MELROSE PLACE) - 51
Susan Batten (ex-Connor, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Luna, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Rob Morrow (ex-Joel, NORTHERN EXPOSURE) - 49
Jason MacDonald (ex-Young Larry/Principal Fletcher, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Bailiff Evans/Chip, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Minister, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Harry, GUIDING LIGHT) - 45
Billy Porter (ex-Billy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 42
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 33
Scott Evans (ex-Oliver, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Trey, GUIDING LIGHT) - 28
Maggie Grace (ex-Shannon, LOST) - 28

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