Wednesday, October 30, 2013

75th anniversary of War of the Worlds

On Sunday, October 30, 1938, Orson Welles broadcast H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds.

Reports in the media afterward described widespread fear and outrage, as people believed that the reading was an actual newscast.

Questions remain as to whether the media hyped the supposed hysteria, but that's how American remembers it.

You can listen to the original radio program here.

It's worth noting that October 30, the day before Halloween, is known as Mischief Night.


  1. I always get distracted by what a hottie the young Orson was.

    1. He's got a kind of Misha Collins thing going for him.