Today in Soap Opera History (April 21)

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1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Roger and Carolyn met Barnabas.

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Ada warned Rachel she had better hang onto to Russ, but Rachel wanted Steve.

1975: DAYS OF OUR LIVES expanded to 60 minutes daily. DAYS had aired a one hour special on November 20, 1974 to test the longer episode with its audience.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Emily tried to have sex with Draper.

1980: Stephen Brooks debuted on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Joshua Fallon.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Charles Grodin (ex-Matt, THE YOUNG MARRIEDS) - 77
Patti LuPone (ex-Stella, OZ) - 63 Andie MacDowell (Gray, JANE BY DESIGN) - 54
Brian White (ex-Alex, SPYDER GAMES) - 37
Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 33
Dylan Bruce (Brian, THE BAY; ex-Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 32
Jamie Lomas (ex-Warren, HOLLYOAKS; ex-Jeff, CORONATION STREET) - 32
Terrence Jenkins (ex-Dante, THE GAME) - 30
Drew Garrett (ex-Michael, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 23

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