46 years.

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the premiere of "Days of our Lives." The series was first broadcast on November 8, 1965 on the NBC network. It was created by husband and wife team Ted Corday and Betty Corday with some help from soap opera icon Irna Phillips in 1964. Originally only half an hour, it expanded to a full hour in 1975. Wedding together aspects of the hospital and family stories common to Daytime, the series broke ground with daring stories about interracial love, artificial insemination, rape and adultery. It also broke away from traditional soap opera storytelling by introducing supernatural and scientific themes which pushed the series to the highest ratings it has ever received.

Take a look back at the first episode of "DOOL" to see how much things have changed.

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- Matt Purvis