Today in Soap Opera History (November 15)

1979: Kim found a mysterious note on ATWT. 1983: AMC's
Vera was tired of Angie's "whiny Snow White routine."
1985: DAYS' Bo & Hope found a buried treasure. 1995: GH's
Robin talked things over with Robert, who was  thought to
be dead at the time.
"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside."
- John F. Kennedy

"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.

On this date in...

1965: On PEYTON PLACE, Elliot (Tim O'Connor) struggled with writing a news article about Rodney's trial.

1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) had a dream about Steve (George Reinholt).

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Kim (Kathryn Hays) found a mysterious note as she was packing to leave The Willows.

1983: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Vera (Grace Garland) gave Angie (Debbi Morgan) a piece of her mind.

1984: On KNOTS LANDING, Greg (William Devan) won his election to become Senator. After the acceptance speech, Greg told his wife, Jane (Millie Perkins), he wanted a divorce.

1985: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) found the treasure but were greeted by the gun-toting Savannah (Shannon Tweed) and Patch (Stephen Nichols).

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, John (Larry Bryggman) testified at Paul's (Andrew Kavovit) trial.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ed (Peter Simon) and Maureen (Ellen Parker) decided to get married again.

1995: Tristan Rogers made a return appearance on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Robert's spirit (he was presumed dead at the time) had a talk with his daughter, Robin (Kimberly McCullough).

1996: The TV movie J.R. Returns aired on CBS starring Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy and others from the original DALLAS series.

2005: Australian soap HEADLAND premiered on the Seven Network.  It ran for 58 episodes until January 23, 2006.

2009: Actor Dennis Cole died at age 69. He starred as Duke Spalding in Ted Corday's PARADISE BAY and the was second Lance Prentiss on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

2012: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Gabi (Camila Banus) told Will (Chandler Massey) she was pregnant.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Edward Asner (ex-Wilson, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP) - 84
Brian Davies (ex-Dick, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Scott, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 75
Sam Waterston (Charlie, THE NEWSROOM; ex-Forrest, I'LL FLY AWAY) - 73
Bob Gunton (ex-Noah, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 68
Judith Chapman (Gloria, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Anjelica, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Sandra, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Ginny, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Charlotte, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Natalie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 62
Margaret Reed (Sheila, GOTHAM; ex-Shannon, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 57
Jay Harrington (ex-Wyatt, PRIVATE PRACTICE; ex-Ron, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 42
Jonny Lee Miller (Roger, Dark Shadows 2012 film; ex-Jonathan, EASTENDERS) - 41
Jason Leaver (Creator, OUT WITH DAD)
Yaya DaCosta (ex-Cassandra, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Nico, UGLY BETTY) - 31
Gemma Atkinson (ex-Lisa, HOLLYOAKS) - 29
Shailene Woodley (ex-Amy, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER; ex-Kaitlin, THE O.C.) - 22

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1 comment:

  1. Seeing the clip above ...
    I will miss Tristan Rogers' Robert Scorpio on General Hospital.
    GH lost is a gain for Y&R and Jess Walton.