Today in Soap Opera History (April 10)

On this date in...

1987: The character of Jack Deveraux debuted on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Joseph Adams was the original actor in the role. James Acheson took over as Jack just over three months later. 25 years later (today), DAYS fires Matt Ashford who plays Jack.

1989: On SANTA BARBARA, Eden received information about her baby.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra was upset to see Sonni.

1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, John sought Dr. Craig's help with psychiatry information after reading about psychological disorders. Meanwhile, Sharly and Grant kissed.

1995: On LOVING, Deborah (Nancy Addison) sang a poignant version of "Hello, Dolly!"

2001: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Hank told Judge Fitzwater that he had motive, means and opportunity concerning Blair's attempted murder of Max.

2008: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jesse told baby Jenny about the original Jenny.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jane Kean (ex-Diane, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 88
Peter MacNicol (ex-Robert, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 58
Charlie Hunnam (ex-Nathan, QUEER AS FOLK) - 32
Laura Bell Bundy (ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) - 31
Michael Pitt (Jimmy, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) - 31
Chyler Leigh (Lexie, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 30
Ryan Merriman (Ian, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 29
Mandy Moore (ex-Mary, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 28
Billy Kay (ex-Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT) - 28
Shay Mitchell (Emily, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 25

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- AXED FROM DAYS: Matthew Ashford, Sarah Brown, Christie Clark & Patrick Muldoon

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