Today in Soap Opera History (October 17)

1988: Guiding Light's Josh argued with Reva. 1988: Days of

our Lives'' Tom & Alice were married. 2002: All My

Children's Leo & Vanessa died at Miller's Falls.

2007: Days of our Lives' John "died" after being hit by a car."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...

1966: On Dark Shadows, Matthew (Thayer David) tried to dissuade Mrs. Johnson (Clarice Blackburn) from working at Collinwood, but she accepted Elizabeth's (Joan Bennett) offer to be housekeeper.

1979: On As the World Turns, Lois suggested that "studying" with Betsy (Suzanne Davidson) would be a great cover for going to parties. Dee
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