Today in Soap Opera History (July 2)

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1966: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, there was a growing concern about Bill's (Ed Bryce) behavior.

1968: George Reinholt debuted on ANOTHER WORLD as Steve Frame. At Walter and Lenore's wedding reception, Steve arrived, introduced himself to Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) then led her to the dance floor.

Steve and Alice would go on to become one of the most popular couples in soap opera history.

1974: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid) dealt with Addie's death.

1976: Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES head writer Kenneth M. Rosen died at age 47.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, word spread that Draper (Tony Craig) could be alive.

1987: GUIDING LIGHT's 50th Anniversary week continued as the Bauer Barbecue kicked off.  Alan-Michael (Carl Tye Evans) parachuted into the party.  The show ended with a flashback to The Four Musketeers' 1983 prom introduced by Michael O'Leary and Grant Aleksander.

1991: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Jack (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) were married.

1999: On GUIDING LIGHT, Reva (Kim Zimmer) overheard someone talking about the wedding of one of the princes to his assistant, Olivia. Crystal Chappell debuted in the following episode as Olivia.

2002: On THE BOLD AND THE BEUATIFUL, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) gave birth to baby Hope.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Polly Holliday (ex-Prison Inmate Leader, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 76
Julia Montgomery (ex-Sam, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 53
Amy Weber (ex-Lark, PORT CHARLES) - 43
Yancy Butler (ex-Ava, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 43
Lindsay Lohan (ex-Alli, ANOTHER WORLD) - 27
Margot Robbie (ex-Donna, NEIGHBOURS; ex-Laura, PAN AM) - 23

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