Today in Soap Opera History (November 11)

1966: DAYS' Julie turned to Steve for help.  1983: GL's Eli was
seeking revenge.  1998: GL's Danny first appeared.  2003: AMC's
Erica was unhappy about Mona's potential new neighbor.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― J. Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mike (John Larkin) realized Billy's blood type was not a match with Roger or Mary.

1964: Geoffrey Lumb made his first appearance in ANOTHER WORLD as Mitchell Dru in a crossover from P&G's AS THE WORLD TURNS. He had previously played the character on THE BRIGHTER DAY before joining ATWT and AW. Lumb remained on ANOTHER WORLD until 1971. He died in 1990 at age 85.

1965: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, after Ben disciplined her for Julie shoplifting, Julie (Charla Doherty) tried to borrow money from Steve.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Laura (Genie Francis) and Luke (Anthony Geary) made plans to go to Mexico so she could get a divorce, and they could be married.

1983: On GUIDING LIGHT, Eli told Annabelle (Harley Jane Kozak) he was seeking revenge because of her.

1983: Priscilla Presley debuted as Jenna Wade on DALLAS, the third actress to play the role.

1998: Paul Anthony Stewart debuted as Danny Santos in GUIDING LIGHT. You can watch his first scenes here.

2003: On ALL MY CHILDREN, during Erica's (Susan Lucci) visit to Mona's grave, she found out the grave being dug nearby was for Michael Cambias.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Reilly (Sean, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Mortimer, THE BAY; ex-Alistair, PASSIONS; ex-Del, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Dan, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 77
Denise Alexander (Lola, THE INNN; Lesley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Louise, PRETTY; ex-Mary, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Sister Beatrice, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Susan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Emily, BEN JERROD; ex-Lois, THE CLEAR HORIZON) - 74
Roger Rathburn (ex-Chip, SOMERSET; ex-Alan, ONE LIFE TO LLIVE; ex-Lord Darcy, GUIDING LIGHT) - 73
Dan Region (ex-Announcer, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 65
Bill Moseley (ex-Joel, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
Harley Venton (ex-Derek, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Judge Heals, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Richard, MODELS INC) - 60
Stephen Lee (ex-Roger, SANTA BARBARA) - 58
Anne-Marie Martin (ex-Gwen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 56
Jackie Hoffman (ex-Eunice, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Miranda, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 53
Demi Moore (ex-Jackie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 51
Calista Flockhart (ex-Kitty, BROTHERS & SISTERS; ex-Elise, GUIDING LIGHT) - 49
Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex- Dan, THE LYING GAME; ex-Signore Christofero, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 41
Leonardo DiCaprio (ex-Young Mason, SANTA BARBARA) - 39
Eyal Podell (ex-Adrian, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Joel, UNDRESSED) - 38
Christa B. Allen (Charlotte, REVENGE) - 22
Ashleigh Cummings (ex-Ali, HOME AND AWAY)

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  1. Lisa Robin Kelly died in August 2013.

  2. I loved and miss the voice of Dan Region!