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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