Today in Soap Opera History (September 30)

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1960: THE FLINTSTONES premiered on ABC.   The sixth and last season of the show paid homage to PEYTON PLACE,  a popular primetime soap opera at the time, on a couple of different occasions.  In the episode "How to Pick a Fight With Your Wife Without Really Trying," Peytonrock Place was referenced during a fight between Fred and Wilma.  In "The Long Long Long Weekend," the Flintsones were transported to the future.  There was a throwaway gag about Pey-Rock Place being the only show on TV in the 21st century.

1982: CHEERS premiered on NBC starring former SOMERSET and THE DOCTORS actor Ted Danson.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) forced Keith (Justin Deas) to resign as District Attorney.

1991: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) prepared for Carl's trial as she hid her blurring vision. Meanwhile, Jenna reeled from cutting Matt and Dean out of her life, and Cass confronted Frankie about her pregnancy.

1996: GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anthony Geary and Genie Francis appeared as guests on FOX AFTER BREAKFAST.

1999: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Margo (Ellen Dolan) visited Cass Winthrop (Stephen Schnetzer) at his law office in Bay City to find out more about the identity of Eddie's father, Alec Wallace.

2000: On PASSIONS, Julian (Ben Masters) took responsibility for the car wreck caused by Simone.

2002: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Jack (Michael Park) and Carly (Maura West) were at odds over her working with Craig.

2011: On EASTENDERS, Tyler (Tony Discipline) paid Vanessa to leave Walford.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barbara Knox (Rita, CORONATION STREET) - 79
Marilyn McCoo (ex-Tamara, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 69
Barry Williams (ex-Hannibal, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Greg, THE BRADYS) - 58
William Christian (ex-Derek, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Marshall, ANOTHER WORLD) - 57
Susan Keith (ex-Shana, LOVING; ex-Cecile, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Sam, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 53
Eric Stoltz (Daniel, CAPRICA) - 51
Ashley Hamilton (ex-Cole, SUNSET BEACH) - 38
Lacey Chabert (ex-Biana, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 30

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