Today in Soap Opera History (January 30)

1996: GH's Brenda called Miguel for help stopping Sonny's wedding.
2004: Days of our Lives' Tony "died" following a tiger attack.
2007: All My Children's Dixie "died" after eating poisoned pancakes.
2014: Billy and Adam were involved in a fiery crash on The Young
and the Restless
"A page of history is worth a pound of logic."
― Oliver Wendell Holmes

"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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1958: On The Edge of Night, Bill (Carl Frank) and Mike (John Larkin) tried to convince Dalton there may be mitigating circumstances in the case, but he insisted on moving forward with the prosecution as quickly as possible.

1967: On Peyton Place, Rita (Patricia Morrow) didn't want Norm (Christopher Connelly) to get involved in the Webber's problems. Meanwhile, Elliot (Tim O'Connor) brought flowers to Constance (Dorthy Malone, who turns 90 today) to celebrate the early opening of the bookstore.

1968: On The Doctors, Martha Allen (Sally Gracie) started her first day of work as a lab assistant at Hope Memorial Hospital.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1976: On Another World, John (Michael M. Ryan) told Pat (Beverly Penberthy) he was foolish to believe they ever shared their lives, and insisted Pat never loved him.

1980: On Search for Tomorrow, after Sunny's (Marcia McCabe) request to do a story on The Boilermaker was denied, she decided to investigate on her own.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Peter (Stephen Meadows) managed to sneak in and out of Kelly's (Robin Wright) apartment without anyone knowing.

1996: On General Hospital, Brenda called Miguel to tell him that Sonny and Lily were getting married. Brenda asked him, "What are we going to do about it?"

2001: On As the World Turns, Joe (Tony Musante) was afraid Holden (Jon Hensley) would break Rose's (Martha Byrne) heart.

2004: On Days of our Lives, Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) "died" following the tiger attack.

2007: On All My Children, Dixie (Cady McClain) died after eating pancakes poisoned by the Satin Slayer.

2009: On All My Children, Kendall (Alicia Minshew) woke up from a coma.

2014: Billy Miller aired for the final time as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless. Michael Muhney made his final appearance as Adam Newman. In the episode, Billy had discovered Adam was responsible for Delia's death and was holding him at gunpoint. After visiting Delia's grave, they were riding in Adam's SUV when Adam reached for the gun, which went off causing the SUV to crash.

Today's Birthdays:
Dorothy Malone (ex-Constance, Peyton Place) - 90
Tammy Grimes (ex-Mrs. Haversham, Loving) - 81
Vanessa Redgrave (ex-Erica, Nip/Tuck) - 78
Barbara Eda-Young (ex-Regine, Another World) - 70
Randy Brooks (ex-Marshall, Another World; ex-Hayes, All My Children; ex-Nathan, The Young and the Restless; ex-Lucky, Rituals) - 65
Charles S. Dutton (ex-Benjamin, The L Word) - 64
Sheldon Collins (ex-Johnny, Guiding Light; ex-Randy, The Edge of Night) - 60
Daphne Ashbrook (ex-Kathryn, Falcon Crest) - 52
Tina Malone (ex-Mo, Brookside) - 52
Norbert Leo Butz (ex-Rowdy, The Deep End) - 48
Amanda Saunders (ex-Kirsti, All My Children) - 37
Zoe Dawson (ex-Louise, Doctors) - 36

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  1. Kevin, here's the clip of Billy Miller's and Michael Muhney's final scenes as Billy Abbott and Adam Newman on Y&R on this date last year!:

  2. Y&R has never recovered IMO. Muhney & Miller set an all-time high in acting standards for their shared scenes. What a shame. They are greatly missed.