Sunday, March 4, 2018

Today in Soap Opera History (March 4)

1953: Guiding Light's Alice testified at Kathy's grand jury hearing.
1981: General Hospital's Anne prayed for guidance.
1994: All My Children's Kendall leaned more about her father.
2008: Days of our Lives' Daniel Jonas arrived in Salem.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
― Machiavelli

"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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1953: On The Guiding Light, the grand jury began hearing the case of California versus Kathy Lang Grant (Susan Douglas Rubes) with Alice Graham's testimony. This was 13 years before the setting of the show would move from Selby Flats (a suburb of Los Angeles) to Springfield. Kathy was on trial for the murder of Bob Lang, which happened on September 12, 1952.

1970: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Virginia Vestoff) spent an awkward evening at home with Dr. Steve Aldrich (David O'Brien).

1970: On Another World, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) insisted seeing Steve with Bernice had nothing to do with her looking at Chris in a new light.

1975: Robert J. Stevenson, the actor who appeared in the first episodes of Days of our Lives as a cop who brought Julie to the police station for shoplifting, died of a heart attack. He had given up acting in the late 1960s and was serving as a Los Angeles City Councilman representing the 13th District at the time of his death. His wife took over his seat on the Council.

1981: Lee Patterson aired for the final time as Kevin Cook on Texas.

1981: On General Hospital, Anne Logan (Susan Pratt) prayed for strength and guidance.

1983: On Guiding Light, Helena revealed to Quint why she felt responsible for Professor Renfield's death 10 years earlier.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1991: On Another World, a comatose Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin) sat up in his bed.

1993: On The Yong and the Restless, Ryan (Scott Reeves) and Victoria (Heather Tom) visited their therapist again.

1994: On All My Children, Kendall Hart (Sarah Michelle Gellar) learned her father was a rapist.

2008: Shawn Christian debuted as Daniel Jonas on Days of our Lives.

2010: Daytime actor and writer Roger Newman died at age 69. Among his acting roles was Ken Norris in Guiding Light.

2010: Actress Nancy Pinkerton died at age 69. She played several different roles in daytime soap operas including originating the part of Dorian Lord in One Life to Live.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Aprea (ex-Lucas/Alexander, Another World; ex-Manny, Knots Landing; ex-Jack, Falcon Crest) - 77
Leonie Norton (ex-Cindy, Another World; ex-Julie, One Life to Live; ex-Dorothy, The Nurses; ex-Kate, Love of Life) - 76
Ronn Moss (John, The Bay; ex-Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 66
Steven Weber (ex-Governor McConaughey, Dallas; ex-Graham, Brothers & Sisters; ex-Kevin, As the World Turns) - 57
Daniel Roebuck (ex-Leslie, Lost) - 55
Stacy Edwards (ex-Hayley, Santa Barbara) - 53
Nick Stabile (ex-Dean, Days of our Lives; ex-Gabe, Saints & Sinners; ex-Fox, Passions; ex-Dave, Undressed; ex-Mark, Sunset Beach) - 47
Jessica Heap (ex-Eden, The Young and the Restless) - 35
Scott Michael Foster (ex-Jonas, The River; ex-Cappie, Greek) - 33
Joshua Bowman (ex-Daniel, Revenge; ex-Max, Make It or Break It; ex-Scott, Holby City) - 30
Cody Longo (ex-Eddie, Hollywood Heights; ex-Nicholas, Days of our Lives; ex-Nicky, Make It or Break It) - 30
Andrea Bowen (ex-Julie, Desperate Housewives) - 28
Garrett Gray (ex-Zack, Days of our Lives) - 18

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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