Today in Soap Opera History (February 20)

On this date in...

1967: AS THE WORLD TURNS made the shift from broadcasting in black-and-white to color.

1970: On DARK SHADOWS, Quentin and Maggie noticed they both had pitchfork marks on their hands.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris ripped up the announcement of Mac's marriage which included a "ghastly picture of the new Mrs. Cory."

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Draper's murder trial continued. Watch the episode below.

2006: GENERAL HOSPITAL aired its 11,000th episode.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Vanessa, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Vivian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Pamela, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Myrna, CAPITOL) - 76
Sandy Duncan (ex-Helen, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 66
David A. Kimball (ex-Dr. Lurie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Lieutenant Unger, KNOTS LANDING) - 61
Anthony Head (ex-Rupert, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) - 58
Rodney Van Johnson (ex-T.C., PASSIONS; ex-Trey, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Sebastian, PORT CHARLES) - 51
Andrew Shue (ex-Billy, MELROSE PLACE) - 45
Lauren Ambrose (Jill, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY; ex-Claire, SIX FEET UNDER) - 34
Rihanna (Herself, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 24

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1 comment:

  1. How I would love to see the clip of Beverlee McKinsey's Iris ripping up the photo of Victoria Wyndham's Rachel. Mac and Rachel were already married (and perhaps divorced once) by the time of my earliest memories. I do remember Iris' antics to split them apart in later years.