Today in Soap Opera History (July 17)

On this date in...

1939: CBS Radio soap opera WOMAN OF COURAGE premiered.  Selena Royle starred as Martha Jackson, whose small-town life allegedly proved that "if ye have faith, nothing shall be impossible."   The series, written by Carl Buss, ran until July 10, 1942.

1969: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dru (Geoffrey Lumb) told Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) that Steve had secret plans for her.

1978: Actor Thayer David died at age 51. He played several different roles in DARK SHADOWS: Matthew Morgan, Professor T. Elliot Stokes, Sandor Rakoski, Count Petofi, Timothy Stokes, Mordecai Grimes, and Ben Stokes.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Paige (Margaret Colin) was grilled about Tobias.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Rick (Chris Robinson) and Lesley (Denise Alexander) read Laura's note that she had gone away with Luke again.

1984: On CAPITOL, Kelly (Jess Walton) refused to tell Judson (Rory Calhoun) what she was being blackmailed about so he quit as her attorney.

1984: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) became upset at Mike (Nicholas Surovy) when she saw the story he was writing.

1986: The 13th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented on NBC. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was named Outstanding Drama Series. Acting winners were David Canary, Erika Slezak, John Wesley Shipp, Leann Hunley, Michael E. Knight and Ellen Wheeler.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman) were finally married.

1990: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Bill (Jim Storm) insisted Taylor (Hunter Tylo) not let Caroline (Joanna Johnson) die.

1996: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) was furious at Laura (Genie Francis) when she confessed that the stranger who saved the life of baby Lulu was actually his brother, Nikolas. Elsewhere, Audrey talked with Kevin about Steve's death, and Jason found Robin at the bridge.

1998: Joseph Maher, who was the original (Leonard) Brooks on ANOTHER WORLD from 1976 to 1978, died at age 64. He also played Whitney Foxton on GUIDING LIGHT in 1978.

1998: Millicent Martin debuted as Lili Faversham in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1998: Actor Hugh Reilly died at age 82.  He played Paul Martin, the father on LASSIE for six seasons and later starred in THE EDGE OF NIGHT as Simon Jessup.

1999: "The All My Children Shoppe" kicked off on shopping channel QVC with a guest appearance by Susan Lucci.   Merchandise featured on the program included college sweatshirts with the Pine Valley University crest, Pine Valley pins and a limited-edition Erica Kane Family Portrait Plaque featuring Susan Lucci's photo and autograph.

2001: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Deacon (Sean Kanan) surprised Bridget with breakfast in bed, and a ring.

2008: Soap opera legend Larry Haines, best known for his long-running role as Stu on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, died at age 89.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Diahann Carroll (ex-Dominique, DYNASTY; ex-Dominique, THE COLBYS; ex-Dr. Cole, DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM; ex-Jane, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 78
David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 61
Richard Bekins (ex-Jamie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-William, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Michael, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 59
Alexandra Wilson (ex-Josie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-April, LOVING) - 45
Eric Winter (Dash, WITCHES OF EAST END; ex-Luke, GCB; ex-Rex, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Eric, UNDRESSED; ex-Jason, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 37
Mike Vogel (Barbie, UNDER THE DOME; Zack, BATES MOTEL; ex-Dean, PAN AM) - 34
Sarah Jones (ex-Rebecca, ALCATRAZ) - 30
Brooke Kinsella (ex-Kelly, EASTENDERS) - 30
Caitlin Van Zandt (ex-Ashlee, GUIDING LIGHT) - 28

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you have a tip on a bit of soap history on this date or future dates, let us know. Send an email to


  1. Gorgeous Diahann Carroll is 78 & Beautiful Richard Bekins is 59--Wow!

    Brian :-)