One of the most widely embraced pairings in soap opera history, General Hospital‘s First Couple tied the knot after a three-year courtship. The lovers portrayed by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis were at the center of the show’s efforts to appeal to younger viewers, and their popularity helped revive its flagging ratings. When the pair said their vows on this date, it drew 30 million viewers; the episode remains the highest rated for a soap opera ever. –A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Lisa Bonet, Huxtable eldest (45); Marg Helgenberger, crime scene investigator (54); David Leisure, wacky neighbor (62); Harry Lennix, handler (48); Martha Plimpton, Hope raiser (42); John Swartzwelder, Springfield scribe (62).