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NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” took the gold for drama series at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The win marked the first time since 1975 that the sudser has won the top prize at the Daytime Emmy fete — and only its second drama series nod in its nearly 50-year run on NBC. And to make it that much sweeter, the victory coincided with the birthday of “Days” exec producer Ken Corday. “Pinch me,” he said. “Today is a great day to celebrate.”

In a surprise win, Days of Our Lives was named best drama series Sunday night at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which aired live from the Beverly Hilton on HLN. The NBC soap beat out last year's winner, ABC's General Hospital, as well as CBS' top-rated The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC's One Life to Live. Days last won best daytime drama series in 1975.

Like me (originally), Variety and Hollywood Reporter both list 1975 as "Days" last win for best soap. As mentioned earlier, Ken Corday accidentally mixed up his 5's and 8's when accepting the award. "Days" last won 35 years ago, in 1978. (It's nice to know I'm not the only one who didn't catch the error...but it seems I'm the first to correct it...and I only have a staff of one person)!! :)
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