Today in Soap Opera History (December 15)

On this date in...

1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Susan Trustman) still refused to take the truth serum the night before she went on trial for murdering Tom.

1966: Walt Disney died at age 65.

1971: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Julie Jamison's private plane crashed.

1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ben asked Fletcher (Jay Hammer) if Maureen (Ellen Parker) was his new mommy.

1999: Valerie Wildman debuted as Fay Walker in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1999: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Alex (Finola Hughes) told David (Vincent Irizarry) they would be working together as co-directors of the foundation.

1999: On PASSIONS, Ethan (Travis Schuldt) had an unwelcome surprise for Theresa (Lindsay Korman, now Hartley).

2004: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) had a talk outside the courtroom.

2009: AS THE WORLD TURNS began airing in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Thaao Penghlis (ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Micah, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Victor, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 67
Kipp Whitman (ex-Hank, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Chip, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 66
Melanie Chartoff (ex-Nancy, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 64
Felicity LaFortune (ex-Laurel, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Leigh, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Nora, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 58
Helen Slater (Kristin, THE LYING GAME) - 49
Michael Shanks (Carter, SMALLVILLE) - 42
Geoff Stults (ex-Dale, UNDRESSED) - 35
Adam Brody (ex-Seth, THE O.C.) - 33
Michelle Dockery (Mary, DOWNTON ABBEY) - 31
Charlie Cox (Owen, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) - 30

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