Still going strong.

As “General Hospital” celebrates 51 years on the air, Soaps.com takes our readers back with a bit of trivia from the ABC soap opera.

April 1, 1963:
The soap was created by husband-and-wife soap writing team, Frank and Doris Hursley and premièred April 1, 1963. At the time, “GH” was only a half hour long and the couple was still writing for “Search For Tomorrow.” Writing serial dramas ran in the family and the duo wrote “GH” until 1973 when they handed control over to their daughter Bridget and her husband, Jerome Dobson. It was Bridget Dobson who later created the now defunct “Santa Barbara.” These days, Ron Carlivati head writes for “General Hospital.”

The show’s very first patient!
Angie Costello (Jana Taylor) played the show’s first patient, a “distraught and suicidal, teenager” whose face was lacerated in an automobile accident caused by her boyfriend’s drunken driving. Costello’s seen in the image with Dr. Steve Hardy (John Beradino), the Chief of the Internal Medicine Department.