Today in Soap Opera History (September 16)

On this date in...

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) opened the door downstairs looking for Julia, causing the cord to tighten and the gun to fire.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Elliott continued to sexually harass Jody (Lori Loughlin).

1994: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Lois jumped out of Katherine's birthday cake.

2005: Kyle Lowder aired for the final time as Brady Black in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2010: On the next to last episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS, Noah said goodbye to Luke, Janet and Dusty were thrilled with their baby, and Carly told Jack she was pregnant.

2010: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Brady (Eric Martsolf) buried Vivian alive.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ed Begley Jr. (ex-Steve, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN) - 63
Susan Ruttan (ex-Grace, GIDEON'S CROSSING) - 62
Jolina Collins (ex-Jasmine, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 60
Christopher Rich (ex-Sandy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 59
Peter Francis James (ex-Clayton, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Blake, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 56
Kimberly McArthur (ex-Kelly, SANTA BARBARA) - 49
Michael Mosley (ex-Ted, PAN AM) - 34
Alexis Bledel (ex-Rory, GILMORE GIRLS) - 31
Ian Harding (Ezra, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 26

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  1. DEFINITELY much more of a "see you soon" than a "goodbye" for Luke and Noah. When Noah told Luke he would be waiting when Luke was ready Luke gave a little smile and shook his head "Yes". So much precious Nuke time was wasted on Goutman's obsession....such a shame!

  2. Must say - this was definitely more of a "see you soon" for Luke and Noah than a "goodbye". When Noah told Luke he would be waiting when Luke was ready - and Luke gave a little smile and nodded "Yes" - well, that really spoke volumes. I could say so much more - but I'll leave it at that......

  3. Cheryl - I'm sure I've seen the boys noshing at that hot dog place here in L.A. where Noah promised he'd take Luke to. It's Pink's on LaBrea. ;-)

  4. Handsome & Talented Peter Francis James (An Illinois Native!) Is 56--Wow!

    Brian :-)

  5. Ah, FoxCrane......I love it! Without a doubt, the guys are regulars at Pink's....... :-)