Saturday, February 8, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (February 8)

1974: Final episode of THE SECRET STORM. 1978: GRANGE
HILL premiered. 1977: RH's Frank was devastated over Jill.
1995: DAYS' Sami and Lucas had sex.
"Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself."
- Lily Tomlin

"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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1955: On LOVE OF LIFE, Ben (David Lewis, later Edward Quartermaine on GENERAL HOSPITAL) gave Judith (Virginia Robinson) a warning, and Paul (Richard Coogan) received pressure to marry Judith from her father.

1974: After a 20 year run, the final episode of THE SECRET STORM aired on CBS. Check out a classic episode of the series from February 1967 below:

1977: On RYAN'S HOPE, after an emotional confrontation, Jill (Nancy Addison) returned Frank's ring as the two broke up. Needing to release some anxiety, Frank ran through the streets of New York until he was exhausted and collapsed on the steps of St. Patrick's church.

1978: BBC Children's Television serial drama, GRANGE HILL, debuted. It would become one of the longest-running programs on British television when it ended its run 30 years later in 2008. It was created by Phil Redmond, who went on to create BROOKSIDE and HOLLYOAKS for Channel 4. Watch the first episode here:

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Willis (Leon Russom) asked Angie (Maeve Kinkead) to get Rose (Kathleen Widdoes) off his back.

1982: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Luke (Anthony Geary) poured his heart out at Ruby's bedside.

1995: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) made love in the Titan photo lab. Austin (Patrick Muldoon) walked in on them and thought Sami was Carrie.

2008: Tamara Braun debuted as Ava Vitali in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2010: Actor David Froman died at age 71. He was popular on THE EDGE OF NIGHT in the roles of Gunther and Bruno.

2011: Sarah Brown aired for the final time as Aggie on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Nick Nolte (ex-Walter, LUCK) - 73
Julia Barr (ex-Brooke, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Reenie, RYAN'S HOPE) - 65
Carolyn Pickles (ex-Shelly, EMMERDALE; ex-Moira, CORONATION STREET) - 62
Henry Czerny (Conrad, REVENGE) - 55
Mary McCormack (ex-Kate, THE WEST WING) - 45
Shiva Rose (Herself, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 45
Susan Misner (ex-Grace, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 42
Joshua Morrow (Nick, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 40
Josh Keaton (ex-Brendon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 35
Liam McIntyre (ex-Bradley, NEIGHBOURS) - 32
Kyle David Pierce (The Man, THE INN, Doctor, VENICE; Tyler BOYSTOWN) - 31
Kathryn Newton (ex-Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 17

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1 comment:

  1. Roger, here is the video clip of Tamara Braun's first day on DAYS as Ava Vitali back on 2/8/08 :