Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today in Soap Opera History (November 9)

1964: Another World's Pat murdered Tom Baxter.
1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas charmed Julia.
1995: Loving's Neil proposed to Kate.
2004: GH's Jason begged Sam to live after they lost their baby.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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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1962: Joseph Allen, who played roles in CBS soap operas Love of Life (Miles Pardee) and The Edge of Night, died at age 44.

1964: On Another World, Frank Andrews (Peter Brandon) arrived home and found Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) standing over the dead body of his roommate, Tom Baxter (Nicholas Pryor).

1965: On Days of our Lives second episode, Marie Horton (Maree Cheatham) had a talk with her niece, Julie Olson (Charla Doherty), after she arrived home from the police station. Julie later admitted to her grandfather, Tom (Macdonald Carey), how frightened she was.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Julia (Grayson Hall) accused Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) of tormenting her with Woodard's ghost. Barnabas claimed that he too was haunted, and seduced her into believing him.

1979: On As the World Turns, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) found Derek Bickford's cuff link in the cellar.

1981: On Another World, Cecile (Nancy Frangione) told Sandy (Christopher Rich) that she was pregnant with his baby. Ray Liotta aired for the final time as Joey Perrini.

Ruth Warrick and Richard Dawson
1982: Jean Scott Bruce finished her run as Jessica Fallon on Days of our Lives. In 2012, after a 30 year absence, she made another appearance as Jessica in a story with Jessica and Josh Fallon's son, Nick (Blake Berris).

1983: On One Life to Live, Carla (Ellen Holly) worried Alec would worry his fumble would be the beginning of the end of his career.

The clip below also includes a fabulous commercial for ABC Daytime's 25th anniversary featuring a song and dance routine by All My Children star Ruth Warrick and Family Feud host Richard Dawson.

1983: On Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) told her stepdaughter, Hillary (Marsha Clark), that Hillary's father, Bill, had not committed suicide but was actually murdered by Eli Sims.

1993: On General Hospital, Laura (Genie Francis) fell in love with the abandoned house after discovering the belongings of the family that used to live there.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1995: On Loving, Neil (Larry Haines) proposed to Kate.

2004: Ed Kemmer, who starred on The Clear Horizon, The Edge of Night, The Doctors, The Secret Storm, As the World Turns, Ryan's Hope, Another World and Somerset, died at age 83.

2004: On General Hospital, Jason (Steve Burton) sat with an unconscious Sam (Kelly Monaco) and told her about the memorial for her baby. Meanwhile, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) wanted the baby's stem cells.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Teryl Rothery (ex-Grace, Cedar Cove; ex-Jean, Arrow) - 55
Robert Duncan McNeill (ex-Charlie, All My Children) - 53
Chris Jericho (WWE) - 47
Eric Dane (ex-Mark, Grey's Anatomy) - 45
Nick Lachey (Guest Star, As the World Turns) - 44
Ion Overman (ex-Gabby, Port Charles) - 40
Scottie Thompson (Zoe, The Blacklist) - 36
Nikki Blonsky (ex-Teri, Ugly Betty) - 29

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email [email protected].

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