Today in Soap Opera History (November 24)

1989: ANOTHER WORLD's Rachel and the Cory family
celebrated Thanksgiving, their first without Mac.
"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.

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1967: On DARK SHADOWS, a choking Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) collapsed on the floor.

1981: Scott Palmer debuted as Joshua Fallon in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1983: On KNOTS LANDING, Gary (Ted Shackelford) invited Cathy (Lisa Hartman) to live and work at the ranch.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Keith (Justin Deas) demanded answers from Tori (Kristen Meadows) about Katie's death.

1988: John William Corrington died at age 56. Along with his wife, Joyce, he was a writer for daytime soap operas including SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, ANOTHER WORLD, TEXAS, GENERAL HOSPITAL, CAPITOL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. He was also a story consultant for RITUALS.

1989: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) made the Thanksgiving dinner toast in the Cory family's first Thanksgiving without Mac.

1990: Actor Geoffrey Lumb died at age 85. He was Daytime's first crossover actor playing the role of Mitchell Dru on AS THE WORLD TURNS, THE BRIGHTER DAY and ANOTHER WORLD. He also played Geoffrey Crane in SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.

1993: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Cole (J. Eddie Peck) proposed to Victoria (Heather Tom).

1995: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tony (Thaao Penghlis) framed John (Drake Hogestyn) for shooting him.

1999: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Jake (Tom Eplin) and Julia (Annie Parisse) were trapped in a warehouse while the Hughes family gathered at WOAK to serve food to the homeless.

1999: Nadia Bjorlin made her first apperance as Chloe Lane in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2003: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Colleen (Lyndsy Fonseca) and Sierra tried to convince Lily (Christel Khalil) she would change her mind about boys, after she got over the Kevin debacle.

2004: On GUIDING LIGHT, much of Springfield celebrated Thanksgiving with the Coopers. Harley (Beth Ehlers) was recently released from jail while Lizzie had just gained ownership of Company from Phillip in his will. Watch here.

Thanks to Megan for sending in this item.

2006: CBS aired a one-hour INTURN "best of" special episode on TV from the first season of the AS THE WORLD TURNS casting reality show that had aired on the web.

2008: John Callahan debuted as Dr. Richard Baker in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Roscoe Born (ex-Mitch, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Trent, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Tom, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Peter, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Nick, THE CITY; ex-Jim, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Joe, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Quinn/Robert, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Warden, PASSIONS; ex-Adamski, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Mark, PAPER DOLLS; ex-Kyle, FAMILY PASSIONS) - 63
Susan Bedsow-Horgan (Former Head Writer/Producer, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Former Producer/Head Writer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)
Wortham Krimmer (ex-Andrew, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Cal, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 60
Lisa Howard (ex-April, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Meg, RYAN'S HOPE) - 50
Garret Dillahunt (ex-Charlemagne, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 49
Rick Dalton (Rick, RAGGED ISLE)
Katherine Heigl (ex-Izzie, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 35
Karine Vanasse (Margaux, REVENGE; ex-Colette, PAN AM) - 30
Sarah Hyland (ex-Heather, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Rain, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Karen, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Ali, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 23

The late Howard Duff, who starred in primetime soap operas KNOTS LANDING and FLAMINGO ROAD, was born 100 years ago today. He died in 1990 at age 76.

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