On October 30th, 1938, exactly 79 years ago today, Orson Welles scared the entire United States with his nationwide broadcast of “War of the Worlds”, a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth.
According to available records, Orson Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds for national radio.
Welles, who was very young at the time did not know that the radio broadcast would cause a lot of panic across the nation. Secondly, the station station did not plan “War of the Worlds” to be a radio hoax.
However, there was massive panic as the broadcast hit the airwaves with people thinking that aliens have actually taking over the earth.
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