Today in Soap Opera History (January 9)

1984: One Life to Live's Estelle was full of herself. 1985: Cruz
found Eden unconscious and tried to save her on Santa Barbara.
1986: Days of our Lives' Mike met Robin Jacobs.
1989: Delia and Roger were married on Ryan's Hope.
"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, Virginia (Cathleen Cordell) bumped into John H. Phillips (House Jameson) and identified him as "Mr. X". Phillips told Virginia he wanted to keep his identity confidential to avoid making enemies with any of his clients. He wanted to remain politically neutral in their eyes.

1968: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser) told Walter (Val Dufour) she no longer had plans for Hollywood.

1980: On As the World Turns, Joyce (Barbara Rodell) told Don (Conard Fowkes) she came back to make amends.

1984: UK daytime soap opera Miracles Take Longer premiered on ITV. The series depicted the life and cases dealt with by a branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau. It only lasted four months.

1984: On One Life to Live, Estelle (Elizabeth Hubbard) bragged to Dorian (Robin Strasser) she might win the Community Service Award thanks to her many efforts. "These things are just thrust on me," Estelle said, as only she could.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Cruz (A Martinez) tried to revive Eden (Marcy Walker).

1986: Derya Ruggles debuted as Dr. Robin Jacobs in Days of our Lives.

1989: On the first episode of Ryan's Hope's final week, Roger (Ron Hale) and Delia (Ilene Kristen) were married.

1991: Michael Easton made his first appearance as Tanner Scofield in Days of our Lives.

1997: On Sunset Beach, Olivia (Lesley-Anne Down) found herself in an awkward position.

1998: On The Young and the Restless, Christine (Lauralee Bell) and Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) traveled to New York City hoping that Peter Garrett (Justin Gorence) would hand over the manuscript, which Sasha Green had penned prior to her death, outlining all of Phyllis' misdeeds. But Phyllis (Sandra Nelson) had gotten to her ex-boyfriend, Peter, first, and a fight over the tell-all book ensued.

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2006: Actor Don Stewart died at age 70. He was best known to soap fans for his 15 year run as Mike Bauer in Guiding Light.  Click here to watch Stewart sing on the 1979 Christmas episode.

2008: On Passions, Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Hartley) fantasized what it would be like to finally tell Ethan Crane (Eric Martsolf) that he was the father of her young son. And Theresa's inspiration? An imaginary Spanish-language telenovela called "Las Pasiones de Theresa" starring her and Ethan.

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2012: On the first episode of One Life to Live's final week on ABC, multiple residents of Llanview visited Heaven and Hell.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Kathryn Walker (ex-Eileen, All My Children; ex-Barbara, Another World; ex-Emily, Search for Tomorrow) - 72
Crystal Gayle (Guest Star, Another World) - 64
Margaret Klenck (ex-Edwina, One Life to Live; ex-Marion/Kitty, As the World Turns) - 62
Kimberly Beck (ex-Julie, Capitol; ex-Claire, Dynasty; ex-Samantha, General Hospital; ex-Kim, Peyton Place) - 59
Melissa Morgan (ex-Brittany, The Young and the Restless) - 51
Joely Richardson (ex-Julia, Nip/Tuck) - 50
Philip Tanzini (ex-Jeremy, General Hospital) - 48
Nina Dobrev (Elena, The Vampire Diaries; ex-Mia, Degrassi: The Next Generation) - 26

In honor of Crystal Gayle's birthday, here's her duet performance with Gary Morris from the end of her week of guest appearances on Another World in March 1987. "(You Take Me Away To) Another World" became the show's new theme song.

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  1. Both Wikipedia and IMDB list James Mitchel''s birth date as Feb. 29, 1920.

    1. Which means he should only be 23. :P

  2. I'll be singing "Another World" all day now. :)