Today in Soap Opera History (August 21)

1975: Mary and Jack shared their first kiss on Ryan's Hope.

1979: The identity of Edge of Night's "Tobias" was revealed.

1979: Guiding Light's Alan bonded with hope on a deserted island.

1995: One Life to Live's Max told hospitalized Luna to hold on."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.

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1967: On Another World, Pat Randolph (Beverly Penberthy) introduced Rachel Davis (Robin Strasser) to her Aunt Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley).

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Mary Ryan (Kate Mulgrew) declined when Bob Reid (Earl Hindman) asked her out, but accepted an invitation from Jack Fenelli (Michael Levin) to join him for coffee.
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