On this day, November 17, 1981, Luke and Laura were married on General Hospital (GH).
It was called the wedding of the century and still ranks as the most-watched hour in soap opera history with 30 million viewers.
Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor made an appearance on the show and Princess Diana gifted champagne to the cast.
Their love story was unconventional at best. She was the girl next door, someone out of his league. Luke was the bad boy and had raped young Laura Vining. But what started out shocking became a story of love and redemption. They became America’s super couple.
The story was unconventional and fan driven. Luke was supposed to be killed off. But the unlikely chemistry between the couple struck a chord with the audience and the writers responded. The rest is soap opera history.
Relive that history below with the wedding longtime soap fans will NEVER forget.
General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.