Today in Soap Opera History (June 19)

On this date in...

1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Missy (Carol Roux) had dinner with the Matthews family.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) would rather be dead of starvation than become Barnabas' vampire bride.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, 'Kirk' (Tony Craig) called looking for Emily (Margo McKenna) but April (Terry Davis) answered the phone.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Phillip (Grant Aleksander) wanted to press charges against the Galahads for beating him up. Watch the episode below.

1991: Gene Palumbo took over as head writer of DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Dorian (Robin Strasser) was up to no good, and Todd (Roger Howarth) was in the middle of it.

1998: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) was suspicious of Jill (Jess Walton) snooping around the Chancellor mansion.

2006: Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey) shocked everyone at Lizzie and Coop's GUIDING LIGHT wedding by announcing that he sired the bride's baby.

2009: Casey Deidrick debuted as Chad on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The episode featured Grace's funeral.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Gena Rowlands (ex-Adrienne, PEYTON PLACE) - 83
Ned Schmidtke (ex-Lucas, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS;ex-Dr. Wirtz, PASSIONS; ex-Peter, TEXAS; ex-Greg, ANOTHER WORLD) - 71
Phylicia Rashad (ex-Courtney, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Felicia, SANTA BARBARA) - 65
Constance Forslund (ex-Jenny, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 63
Kathleen Turner (ex-Nola, THE DOCTORS) - 59
Simon O'Brien (ex-Damon, BROOKSIDE) - 46
Eric Sheffer Stevens (Reid, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 41
Catherine Wadkins (ex-Joyce, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Mary, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 38
Christina Baily (ex-Dannii, HOLLYOAKS) - 32
Greg Tulonen (Brian, RAGGED ISLE)

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