Today in Soap Opera History (November 3)

On this date in...

1959: Actor Timothy Patrick Murphy (Mickey Trotter, DALLAS; Spencer Langley, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) was born. He died in 1988 at age 29 due to complications from the AIDS virus.

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Lenore (Judith Barcroft) found out she was pregnant.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Cliff (Ernie Pysher) survived the Clown Puppet attack.

1983: On KNOTS LANDING, Valene (Joan Van Ark) slept with Gary. She would later result she was pregnant from this encounter (with twins Bobby and Betsy).

1992: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ross (Jerry verDorn) had an Election Day dream.

1993: John Lupton, who played Tommy Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Everett Thornton in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, died at age 65.

1999: Australian soap BREAKERS aired for the final time after a 430 episode run. The series revolved around The Breakers building situated near Bondi Beach, and the lives of the people who work and live there.

2002: The ABC Soap Opera Bistro restaurant closed permanently.

2003: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sonny (Maurice Benard) pledged to do anything he could to help baby Kristina.

2006: Donny Osmond appeared on ALL MY CHILDREN.

2008: Croatian soap ZABRANJENA LJUBAV aired its final episode after a three year run.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peggy McCay (Caroline, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Iris, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Vanessa, LOVE OF LIFE) - 82
Lois Smith (Ruth, RUTH & ERICA; Adele, TRUE BLOOD; ex-Allison, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 82
Ron Leath (Henderson, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 75
JD Souther (Watty, NASHVILLE) - 66
Roseanne Barr (ex-Jennifer, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 60
Kate Capshaw (ex-Jinx, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 59
Philippe Brenninkmeyer (ex-Carter, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Martin, GUIDING LIGHT) - 48
Sean Ringgold (ex-Shaun, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 35
Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 29
Shayna Rose (ex-Stephanie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 29

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  1. Murphy was also on GLITTER with Morgan Britany, Post Dallas.

    Also I visited the Soap Opera Bistro in May 2002 and was looking for it last year. Probly Frons had it closed.

  2. 11/3 is also Sean Ringgold's (ex-Shaun, OLTL) birthday, too! You forgot to include him in your birthday list for 11/3, Roger!