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Today in Soap Opera History (August 13)

1982: Days of our Lives' Jessica and Joshua were married.

1984: A Martinez debuted as Cruz on Santa Barbara.

1993: Maurice Benard debuted as Sonny on General Hospital.

2001: Bold and the Beautiful's Tony told Kristen he was HIV+."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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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1968: On Dark Shadows, Adam (Robert Rodan) vowed to kill Victoria, the woman Barnabas loved, unless Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) made someone for him to love.

1980: On The Edge of Night, April (Terry Davis) confronted Emily (Margo McKenna) with the fact that "Kirk Michaels" was dead.
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 11)

1986: Another World's Zane Lindquist died after being shot.

1998: Guiding Light's Dolly the clone after taking an aging formula.

1999: Sunset Beach's Ricardo vowed to get revenge.

2010: General Hospital's Brenda returned."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1967: ABC broadcast Dark Shadows in black and while for the final time. The episode was actually the first one taped in color but ABC aired it in black and white (a Friday episode). Having fainted at the sight of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 23)

1965: Peyton Place's Elliot learned he was a grandfather.

1971: Dark Shadows' Gabriel stabbed Kendrick.

1989: Another World's original Donna Love returned.

2004: All My Children's Bianca remembered killing Michael."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1962: On The Edge of Night, Louise (Mary K. Wells) learned about Phil's (Ray MacDonnell) car crash, unaware that he had been replaced by a double, John Lambert (Ray MacDonnell).

1965: On As the World Turns, Chris (Don MacLaughlin) told Pa (Santos Ortega) about a rare disease that Dan had contracted,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 6)

1975: Another World expanded to an hour full-time.

1983: Felicia Gallant arrived in Another World's Bay City.

1986: General Hospital's Monica was at odds with Alan.

1997: Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach premiered on NBC."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1966: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) visited Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at Doctors Hospital. She had told Rodney she loved him on the day of his arraignment but she no longer remembered her feelings for him. The episode was written by Sonya Roberts and Rita Lakin.
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 20)

1982: The Doctors' Kit and Mike were stranded during a snow storm.

1985: Lujack's spirit visited Beth on Guiding Light.

1996: All My Children's Adam and Liza were married.

2007: General Hospital's Dillon returned and found out about Georgie's death."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Bebe Spode (Renne Jarrett) came back home and told her father, Martin Spode (Eric Dressler), how much she loved him.

1965: On Peyton Place, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) met Martin Peyton (George Macready).

1968: On The Doctors,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 18)

1975: Delia took action to save her marriage on Ryan's Hope.

1979: Deer hunters shot at Deborah on The Edge of Night.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel (Don Stewart) apologized to Brick.

2006: One Life to Live's Blair worried about her baby."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1946: DuMont Television Network aired the final episode of the first network TV soap opera, Faraway Hill. The show, created by David P. Lewis, premiered two and a half months earlier on October 2nd.

1967: On The Doctors, when Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) told Dr.
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (August 13)

1982: Days of our Lives' Jessica and Joshua were married.

1984: A Martinez debuted as Cruz on Santa Barbara.

1993: Maurice Benard debuted as Sonny on General Hospital.

2001: Bold and the Beautiful's Tony told Kristen he was HIV+."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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...

1968: On Dark Shadows, Adam (Robert Rodan) vowed to kill Victoria, the woman Barnabas loved, unless Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) made someone for him to love.

1980: On The Edge of Night, April (Terry Davis) confronted Emily (Margo McKenna) with the fact that "Kirk Michaels" was dead.

1980: On Texas, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) worried
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (August 11)

1986: Another World's Zane Lindquist died after being shot.

1998: Guiding Light's Dolly the clone after taking an aging formula.

1999: Sunset Beach's Ricardo vowed to get revenge.

2010: General Hospital's Brenda returned."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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...

1967: ABC broadcast Dark Shadows in black and while for the final time. The episode was actually the first one taped in color but ABC aired it in black and white (a Friday episode). Having fainted at the sight of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began to remember what happened to her. Before she could reveal Barnabas' vampiric activity,
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (February 23)

1965: Peyton Place's Elliot learned he was a grandfather.

1971: Dark Shadows' Gabriel stabbed Kendrick.

1989: Another World's original Donna Love returned.

2004: All My Children's Bianca remembered killing Michael."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.

On this date in...

1962: On The Edge of Night, Louise (Mary K. Wells) learned about Phil's (Ray MacDonnell) car crash, unaware that he had been replaced by a double,
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (January 6)

1975: Another World expanded to an hour full-time.

1983: Felicia Gallant arrived in Another World's Bay City.

1986: General Hospital's Monica was at odds with Alan.

1997: Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach premiered on NBC."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.

On this date in...

1966: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) visited Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at Doctors Hospital. She had told Rodney she loved him on the day of his arraignment but she no longer remembered her feelings for him. The episode was written by Sonya Roberts and Rita Lakin. Lakin went on to become head writer of daytime soap opera The Doctors.
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (December 20)

1982: The Doctors' Kit and Mike were stranded during a snow storm.

1985: Lujack's spirit visited Beth on Guiding Light. 1996: All

My Children's Adam and Liza were married. 2007: General

Hospital Dillon returned and found out about Georgie's death."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.

On this date in...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Bebe Spode (Renne Jarrett) came back home and told her father, Martin Spode (Eric Dressler), how much she loved him.

1965: On Peyton Place, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) met Martin Peyton (George Macready).

1968: On The Doctors, Phillip Townsend III (Ralph Purdum) continued to hold Liz Wilson captive.

1971: On The Doctors,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 18)

1975: Delia took action to save her marriage on Ryan's Hope.

1979: Deer hunters shot at Deborah on The Edge of Night.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel (Don Stewart) apologized to Brick.

2006: One Life to Live's Blair worried about her 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.

On this date in...

1946: DuMont Television Network aired the final episode of the first network TV soap opera, Faraway Hill. The show, created by David P. Lewis, premiered two and a half months earlier on October 2nd.

1967: On The Doctors, when Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) told Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) that she had
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (August 13)

On this date in...

1990: On Days Of Our Lives, Jack told Jennifer he killed Harper, then took down Harper's portrait.

1991: On Another World, a drunk Jake kissed Paulina. Watch the entire episode here.

1993: Maurice Benard debuted as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Alex Donnelley (ex-Diane, The Young And The Restless) - 52

Dawnn Lewis (ex-Denise, One Tree Hill) - 50

John Slattery (Roger, Mad Men; ex-Victor, Desperate Housewives; ex-Peter, Jack & Bobby) - 49

Hank Cheyne (ex-Ricardo, Sunset Beach; ex-Scott, Another World) - 47

Sebastian Stan (ex-Carter, Gossip Girl) - 28

Editor's Note: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to editor@welovesoaps.com.
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