Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (March 12)

"There is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again - now."
- Eugene O'Neill

"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...

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Missy (Carol Roux) told Liz that Bill drowned after his sailboat capsized during a storm.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles (Joel Crothers), Nicole and Geraldine were devastated to receive the news that Draper and Sam Dwyer had died in the train crash.


1986: On GUIDING LIGHT, Claire (Susan Pratt) was determined not to let "those Bauers" take her baby.


1988: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the Riverfront Knifer murdered Janice Barnes.

1996: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Julia found out she was not pregnant.

2004: Linda Dano last aired as Rae Cummings on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Donald Webster (ex-Nobby, CORONATION STREET) - 81
Courtney B. Vance (ex-Benjamin, REVENGE; ex-Stanford, FLASHFORWARD) - 54
Jason Beghe (ex-Jeffrey, MELROSE PLACE) - 54
Titus Welliver (Glenn, THE GOOD WIFE) - 53
Julia Campbell (ex-Katie, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Courtney, SANTA BARBARA) - 52
Caroline Keenan (ex-Katie, UNDRESSED) - 44
Richard Harrington (ex-Owen, CORONATION STREET) - 39
John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 34
Samm Levine (ex-Hector, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 32
Jaimie Alexander (ex-Jessi, KYLE XY) - 30

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