Sunday, January 13, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (January 13)

The final episode of RYAN'S HOPE aired in 1989
On this date in...

1958: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Capt. Bill Marceau (Mandel Kramer) took McGinnis and Lowrey in for questioning.

1969: Joel Crothers aired for the final time on DARK SHADOWS.  He played Joe Haskell and Nathan Forbes on the show.

1978: ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL each aired their final 45 minute episodes before expanding from 45 to 60 minutes per day.

1988: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Cricket (Lauralee Bell) introduced Phillip (Thom Bierdz) to her mother, Jessica Blair.

1989: The final episode of RYAN'S HOPE aired on ABC. Watch the final scene below with Maeve (Helen Gallagher) singing "Danny Boy":

1992: The 7,000th episode of ANOTHER WORLD aired.

2012: The finale ABC episode of ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired. The show will be returning this year on The Online Network.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
James Carroll Jordan (ex-Steve, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 63
Sharon Gabet (ex-Raven, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Brittany, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Melinda, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 61
Trace Adkins (Himself, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 51
Patrick Dempsey (Derek, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 47
Terry Stone (ex-Mick, EASTENDERS) - 42
Brianne Moncrief (Samantha, GOTHAM; ex-Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 30
Liam Hemsworth (ex-Josh, NEIGHBOURS) - 23

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  1. Happy Birthday Raven Alexander Jamison Swift Whitney Devereaux Whitney! But how in the world can you be 61 years old?!?

  2. Nice touch and so enjoyed the last episode of OLTL! Not as good as AMC's...which you do need to run the last one of AMC because it lives!!

  3. With all the reboots, perhaps Ryan's Hope can get a New Life? Listen up, Claire Lebine!