Today in Soap Opera History (June 21)

On this date in...

1952: The first TV version of ONE MAN'S FAMILY aired it's last episode.  The once a week primetime take-off of the popular radio soap opera was brought back to TV in 1954 as a daily afternoon serial.

1966: Edward Mallory debuted as Bill Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1976: Deidre Hall debuted as Marlena Evans on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  Mickey Horton was in a sanitarium and Marlena was the psychiatrist that treated him.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Billy was determined to destroy Reva.

1993: DAYS OF OUR LIVES debuted a new opening sequence.

2000: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Jake flashbacked to a Jake/Vicky scene that had aired in June 1999 on ANOTHER WORLD.

2004: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sam recognized the man who attacked Jason.

2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kayla fainted after seeing Steve.

2009: AS THE WORLD TURNS began using a title card instead of a full opening theme. The show would continue with this until its final episode.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mariette Hartley (ex-Claire, PEYTON PLACE; ex-Mary, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 72
Meredith Baxter (Kathryn's Mother, SWITCHED AT BIRTH) - 65
Michael Gross (ex-River, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 65
Leigh McCloskey (ex-Damian/Michael, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Kurt, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Mitch, DALLAS; ex-Drake, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Zach/Ethan, SANTA BARBARA) - 57
Blake Gibbons (Coleman, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 51
Doug Savant (ex-Tom, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Matt, MELROSE PLACE) - 48
Carrie Preston (Arlene, TRUE BLOOD) - 45
Maggie Siff (ex-Rachel, MAD MEN) - 38
Tom Chroust (Writer, ALL THAT MATTERS aka Alles was zählt) - 35
Erica Durance (ex-Lois, SMALLVILLE) - 34
Chris Pratt (Ché, THE O.C.) - 33

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