Today in Soap Opera History (May 20)

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1966: On ANOTHER WORLD, Bill joked about Missy being a heiress, but she didn't care about the money she inherited from her mother.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Angelique threatened to destroy Laura.

1975: At the 2nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (Drama Series, Writing), Macdonald Carey and Susan Flannery.

1980: At the 8th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included GUIDING LIGHT (Drama Series), Douglass Watson, Judith Light, Warren Burton and Francesca James. Hugh McPhillips won for "Cameo Appearance," a short-lived category.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) asked Elliott to help steal a letter.

1994: At the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included ALL MY CHILDREN (Drama Series), Michael Zaslow, Hillary B. Smith, Justin Deas, Susan Haskell, Roger Howarth and Melissa Hayden.

2003: Trevor St. John debuted on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Walker Laurence.  The characters was later revealed to be Todd Manning. In 2011 his identity was changed again to Todd's twin, Victor Lord Jr.

2003: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, an unwelcome Charlotte Ramsey (Elizabeth Harrower) informed Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) that Jill was her daughter. This rewrite of Jill's history as a Foster came in at #10 on the We Love Soaps 25 Biggest Blunders of Daytime Soap Opera History list.

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2005: At the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included GENERAL HOSPITAL (Drama Series, Directing), Christian LeBlanc, Erika Slezak, Greg Rikaart, Natalia Livingston, David Lago and Eden Riegel.

2008: Laurence Lau returned to ALL MY CHILDREN as Greg Nelson.

2011: Randy "Macho Man" Savage died at age 58.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
David Hedison (ex-Arthur, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Spencer, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Roger, THE COLBYS) - 86
Constance Towers (Helena, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Julianna, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Clarissa, CAPITOL; ex-Audrey, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Marian, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING) - 80
Jane Wiedlin (ex-Gretel, SPYDER GAMES) - 55
Bronson Pinchot (ex-Patrick, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 54
Tony Goldwyn (Fitzgerald, SCANDAL) - 53
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 48
Matt Czuchry (Cary, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Chris, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 36
Miriam Parrish (ex-Jamie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 36
Eric Priestley (ex-Kenny, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-David, PORT CHARLES) - 35
Jack Gleeson (Joffrey, GAME OF THRONES) - 21
Chad Connell (ex-Ben, DEGRASSI; ex-Rick, UNDRESSED) - 20

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