Today in Soap Opera History (July 23)

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1966: Producer and director Ted Corday died at age 58. Corday moved from Broadway to radio dramas to television directing at THE GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS. In 1965 NBC asked Corday to create three new daytime soap operas leading to the premieres of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, PARADISE BAY and MORNING STAR. DAYS continues to this day while the other two shows were went off the air July 1, 1966, three weeks before Corday's death.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Cecile (Susan Keith) forgave Elena but would not take Dennis back.

1980: Future TEXAS actor Chandler Hill Harben debuted on ANOTHER WORLD as Max Dekker. He played the role on TEXAS until February 1981 when future GUIDING LIGHT star Jay Hammer took over. Harben went on to star in cable soap ANOTHER LIFE.

1984: Eileen Fulton returned to AS THE WORLD TURNS to tape her first episode since a contract dispute resulted in her leaving the show and being replaced by Betsy von Furstenberg as Lisa for 18 months.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Darcy (Robin Johnson) wanted Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) to prove he was really back with the Galahads.

1987: Quinn Redeker aired for the final time as Alex Marshall in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He would move on to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS to play his second character on that soap, Rex Sterling.

1987: on ALL MY CHILDREN, Skye (Robin Christopher) headed into surgery after crashing her car.

1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Joe tossed Nick (Mark Mortimer) in jail after he frightened Toni (Rhonda Ross).

2009: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Adam (Michael Muhney) broke up with Rafe (Yani Gellman), who believed that Adam is ending things because he wasn't ready to face his sexuality. Adam assured him that he was merely confused and scared. Later, Victor (Eric Braeden) confronted Adam and explained to him that he knew he was gay. Victor stunned Adam further when he assured him he accepted him no matter what.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Terry Davis (ex-Stacey, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Hillary, SUNSET BEACH; ex-April, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 62
Edie McClurg (ex-Hilda, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Airline Passenger, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
James Acheson (ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 54
Eriq La Salle (ex-Mike, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)  - 51
Beth Ehlers (Coryn, RIVER RIDGE; ex-Taylor, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Harley, GUIDING LIGHT) - 45
Charisma Carpenter (ex-Rebecca, THE LYING GAME; ex-Corelia, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; ex-Ashley, MALIBU SHORES) - 43
Stephen Martines (ex-Frederick, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 38
Kalup Linzy (ex-Kalup, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 36
Paul Wesley (Stefan, VAMPIRE DIARIES; ex-Logan, ARMY WIVES; ex-Max, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Sean, ANOTHER WORLD) - 31

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