OK, I'm really excited, because I have just had a major breakthrough in my research. If you'll remember from when I first posted the above, I've been trying to figure out ATWT's episode history (something which I have since moved to the separate As The World Turns Full Episode List thread). In doing so, I have divided the entire history of the show into 13 "eras" which are really bridges between confirmed episode numbers.
The 13th and final "era" stretched from episode #10,000 in 1995 to the end of the show (or, really, 1998, from which point on every episode number is known). In addition to all of the pre-emptions listed above, I came up 3 pre-emptions short. I had four episodes that I listed as potentials for the 3 remaining pre-emption slots.
Something that saddens me tremendously is that so much information that was once available online can now no longer be found, due to websites being taken offline. (really, how difficult would it be for CBS to have an archive section in their website for shows that are no longer on the air?) Anyway, I achieved my breakthrough with the help of an amazing tool. If you go to archive.org in your webbrowser and then type in the URL of any site, it will show you archived backups of that site from history. Thus, even if www.cbs.com/daytime/as_the_world_turns can no longer be found, this tool allows me to see what the site looked like in, say, 2004. It's a bit touch-and-go, as some subpages will not be available and others will be, but it's EXTREMELY useful for research such as mine.
Back to the point: although the CBS site actually wasn't much of a help, I found a former Dutch website (which I used to visit a lot and I know is a trustworthy site, they got all of their info from the official sources and translated them in Dutch). On that site I was able to confirm the pre-emptions listed above for May 25, 1998, July 4, 1997 (which is a bit odd, as it is the ONLY year I can find where the 4th of July was pre-empted, but OK) and January 1, 1997. Although I wasn't able to confirm anything (either airing or pre-emption) for December 31, 1996, since there was only room for 3 more pre-emptions, that episode must have aired. (In general, December 31-episodes aired much more often than January 1-episodes, which were almost always pre-empted, so that makes sense).
With this info, we are able to connect 1998 to 1995, which means that ALL of the episodes from #10,000 onwards are now accounted for.
There are, however, a few minor irregularities. I feel confident enough about this info to "close the case" and move to the next era, but ANY further verifications are always very welcome, especially on these irregularities:
1.) The Dutch page I was referring to actually marked the March 17, 1997 episode as having been pre-empted. They marked the March 7, 1997 episode as having aired. However, I have previously verified the March 7 episode to have been pre-empted due to President Clinton's news conference. I doublechecked and that indeed happened on the 7th. I am therefore assuming that the Dutch site had the two dated mixed up.
2.) The April 5, 1996 episode, which aired on a Friday ended with Dan Region saying "join us tomorrow", instead of welcoming us to "join us again Monday". I'm assuming it was a TPTB oversight... but that seems to have rarely ever happened.
3.) In the Scrapbook, there is a section that follows the filming of one particular episode. The Scrapbook mentions this to be episode #10,155 and lists the airdate as December 22, 1995. According to my info, #10,155 aired the 21st, while #10,156 aired the 22nd. The Scrapbook, much as I love it, is actually filled with tiny little errors like this, so I am assuming it is very possible that they were simply one day off.
Anyway, now that we have connected September 17, 2010 to May 12, 1995, it is time to shift our focus to the next era: 1993 - 1995.
This is a tough one, as it is the era of O.J. I need to find 10 more pre-emptions. As you can see below, I have 8 pre-emption potentials, but I can't even be sure about any of them. Any help is welcome! 😉