Today in Soap Opera History (May 17)

On this date in...

1933: Radio soap opera ONE MAN'S FAMILY expanded from being broadcast on the west coast only to the full nationwide NBC network. Created by Carlton E. Morse, the show ran until 1959.

1967: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Susan (Denise Alexander) continued to blame David for Dickie's accident.

1976: NBC aired the 3,000th episode of ANOTHER WORLD.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Tony's (Greg Beecroft) bachelor party was held.

1986: Actor John Gibson died at age 37. His soap roles included Cash Cashman on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and Joe Hawk in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Felicia was kidnapped.

1994: Roger Howarth and the men of ONE LIFE TO LIVE appeared on DONAHUE to discuss the soap.

2000: The final episode of the original BEVERLY HILLS 90210 series aired on FOX.

2001: Actor Robert Knapp, who played Ben Olson during the first year of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, died at age 77.

2003: At the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included ONE LIFE TO LIVE (Drama Series), Susan Flannery, Peter Bergman, Crystal Chappell, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Finnigan and Jacob Young.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Grace Zabriskie (ex-Theda, SANTA BARBARA) - 72
Jerry Lanning (ex-Justin, TEXAS; ex-Nick, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Anthony/Russ, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Cain, GUIDING LIGHT) - 70
Tom Todoroff (ex-Doug, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 56
Fiona Hutchison (Emma, THE BAY; ex-Gabrielle, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jenna, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Celia, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 53
Paige Turco (ex-Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Lanie, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 48
Alicia Arden (ex-Theresa, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 44
Sendhil Ramamurthy (ex-Lloyd, GUIDING LIGHT) - 39
Nikki Reed (ex-Sadie, THE O.C.) - 25
Leven Rambin (ex-Lily/Ava, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 23

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