Soap Operas in History

TV Programs: Dramas - Miniseries - Sitcoms

Related Topics: Soap Opera Digest Awards

Events in Film & TV

  • 1946-10-02 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
  • 1947-02-21 1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"
  • 1951-09-03 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • 1952-06-30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • 1954-01-04 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • 1954-02-01 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • 1956-04-02 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • 1960-11-25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • 1963-03-29 Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • 1963-04-01 Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV
  • 1966-06-27 1st sci-fi soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1968-07-15 Soap opera "One Life To Live" premieres
  • 1970-01-05 Soap Opera "All My Children" premieres on ABC
  • 1970-03-30 Soap opera "Somerset" premieres
  • 1971-04-02 Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
  • 1974-02-08 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
  • 1975-07-07 TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" premieres
  • 1975-11-28 As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.
  • 1980-02-01 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • 1981-01-12 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1982-03-26 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres
  • 1984-07-30 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1987-03-20 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • 1989-03-27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1991-01-25 Soap opera "Generation's" last episode after a 2½ year run
  • 1991-12-17 Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
  • 1993-01-15 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
  • 1997-03-28 "City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV
  • 2009-09-18 The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • 2010-09-17 The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1901-07-01 Irna Phillips, created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-03-06 William J Bell, soap opera creator (Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-05-05 Douglas Marland, West Sand Lake NY, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1996-04-27 Soap opera actor Lorenzo Lamas (38) weds Playboy model and actress Shauna Sand (24) in Rockland County, New York
  • 1996-06-16 Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
  • 1997-05-03 "Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California
  • 2004-07-03 The Bachelor actor Bob Guiney (33) weds "All My Children" soap opera actress Rebecca Budig (31) in Long Lake, Michigan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1973-12-22 Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
  • 1986-09-26 Hugh Franklin, American soap opera actor (b. 1916)