Today in Soap Opera History (May 16)

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1967: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tom (Macdonald Carey) told Susan (Denise Alexander) that Dickie didn't have any fractures but had not regained consciousness.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jim (Hugh Marlowe), who was now a widower, had Russ and Iris over to dinner.

1983: On RYAN'S HOPE, Jack (Michael Levin) did a segment on Channel 8 about the free clinic closing, thanks to Rae (Louise Shaffer).

1985: Actress Margaret Hamilton, who played The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz movie, died at age 82. Her soap roles included Miss Peterson in AS THE WORLD TURNS, Katie on THE SECRET STORM and Mrs. Sayre in Valiant Lady.

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Ellen (Patricia Bruder) told David (Henderson Forsythe) she was unhappy.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Will (Joseph Breen) became even more desperate after his confrontation with Rose (Alexandra Neil).

1990: Actor, entertainer and soap opera fan Sammy Davis Jr. died at age 64. His daytime roles included Chip Warren in ONE LIFE TO LIVE and Eddie Phillips on GENERAL HOSPITAL.  He also played himself on LOVE OF LIFE, his favorite soap, in October 1975, where he sang "Candy Man" at Rick Latimer's (Jerry Lacy, pictured right) club the Terrace Room.  In 1980 he was nominated for Outstanding Guest/Cameo Appearance in a Daytime Drama Series at the Daytime Emmy Awards (Hugh McPhillips won for DAYS OF OUR LIVES).

1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Alec (Grant Aleksander) and Adam (David Canary) were unable to find Hayley.

1997: The big winners at the 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were GENERAL HOSPITAL (Drama Series), Justin Deas, Jess Walton, Michelle Stafford, Ian Buchanan, Sarah Brown and Kevin Mambo.

2003: At the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included AS THE WORLD TURNS (Drama Series), Susan Flannery, Maurice Benard, Vanessa Marcil, Benjamin Hendrickson, Jennifer Finnigan and Jordi Vilasuso.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jo McDonnell (ex-Maureen, DALLAS) - 63
David Boreanaz (ex-Angel, BUFFY/ANGEL) - 44
Khary Payton (ex-Terrell, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 41
Tori Spelling (ex-Donna, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 40
Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Liz, UNDRESSED) - 34
Joseph Morgan (Klaus, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) - 32
Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Donny, SUBMISSIONS ONLY) - 28
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen, GAME OF THRONES) - 23

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