The sudser turns 43 today! OLTL premiered on July 15, 1968 and was originally called BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL. It aired between GENERAL HOSPITAL and DARK SHADOWS. The opening scene? The image of a roaring fireplace followed by the death of Dr. Ted Hale who fell down a flight of stairs after a fight with Larry Wolek. Here's another fun bit of trivia: Faces weren't added to the opening montage until 1984. In 1987, Peabo Bryson added words to the show's theme song, which was one of the first soaps to do so. Which of your favorite episodes will you watch to celebrate?