Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (October 20)

On this date in...

1930: The soap opera was born, with the debut of the first episode of Irna Phillips’ PAINTED DREAMS. Although the series had a relatively brief network run, compared to Ms. Phillips’ other triumphs, it is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the first very soap opera. Click here to read Rob Wargo's feature on the anniversary from last year.

1951: CBS debuted its eye logo. Celebrating 60 years today, and will replace its homepage’s current CBS Eye with the original Eye logo. Users can view photo essays of the Eye logos throughout the decades here.

1980: Kin Shriner debuted as Jeb Hampton on TEXAS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sandra Dickinson (ex-Debbie, CASUALTY) - 63
William Russ (ex-Tucker, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Burt, ANOTHER WORLD) - 61
Viggo Mortensen (ex-Bragg, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 53
Snoop Dogg (ONE LIFE TO LIVE guest star) - 40
Dannii Minogue (ex-Emma, HOME AND AWAY) - 40
Gillian Jacobs (ex-Adele, THE BOOK OF DANIEL) - 29
Rose McIver (ex-Holly, SHORTLAND STREET) - 24

Also celebrating a birthday today is We Love Soaps' Kevin Mulcahy Jr.

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