Today in Soap Opera History (August 8)

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1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, John (Michael M. Ryan) managed to make Lee (Barbara Rodell) believe he still loved her.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Margo (Ann Williams) reminded David he owed her a favor. David later told Draper (Tony Craig) he did not get the job with Seward, Paxton & Whiteside.

1983: On CAPITOL, Maggie (Julie Parrish) was unhappy when Trey (Nicholas Walker) couldn't even remember who he was with the night before.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Darcy (Robin Johnson) held Beth (Judi Evans) and Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey) hostage.

1985: Michael T. Weiss debuted as Mike Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original background music used in the clip above has been replaced.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Edward (David Lewis) was anxious to take Lila (Anna Lee) home even though she was watching B.J.

1993: Actor Harry Bellaver, who played Ernie Downs on both ANOTHER WORLD and SOMERSET, died at age 88. He also appeared in KNOTS LANDING as Laura's father.

1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) was unable to cry after Mona's death.

1994: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Laura (Genie Francis) gave birth to Lesley Lu "Lulu" Spencer.

2001: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Thorne (Winsor Harmon) advised Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) to let go of Ridge saying it would never work out for them.

2005: Actress Barbara Bel Geddes, best known for playing Miss Ellie on DALLAS, died at age 82.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Lombard (ex-Sandy, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Cardinal Malone, GUIDING LIGHT) - 79
Dustin Hoffman (ex-Chester, LUCK) - 76
Patricia Pearcy (ex-Melinda, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 66
Veronica Redd (ex-Mamie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 65
Keith Carradine (ex-Wild Bill, DEADWOOD; ex-Frank, DEXTER) - 64
Jayne Bentzen (ex-Nicole, THE EDGE OF NIGHT)
Steve Callahan (ex-Police Officer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 46
Chris Beetem (ex-Tate, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jordan, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 44
Enzo Cilenti (ex-Carlo, MI-5) - 39
Tawny Cypress (ex-Brenda, ARMY WIVES; ex-Simone, HEROES; ex-Shambala, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 37
Lindsay Sloane (ex-Marcy, GROSSE POINT) - 36
Michael Urie (ex-Marc, UGLY BETTY) - 33
Guy Burnet (ex-Craig, HOLLYOAKS) - 30
Peyton List (ex-Lucy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 27
Laura Wiggins (Karen, SHAMELESS; Lisa, PRIVATE PRACTICE) - 25
Jake Goldsbie (ex-Toby, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) - 25

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