On this day in 1938, Orson Welles performed an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel War of the Worlds (1898). It begins with a series of factual sounding news bulletins depicting an alien invasion from Mars. The Halloween broadcast frightened many listeners, causing some people to panic and flee their homes. Yet it's like the old saying goes, "There's no such thing as bad publicity," since Orson Welles quickly became well known. The prank jump started his career into the spotlight and to this day the stunt is remembered and referenced.
In memory of this historic moment, I present to you the radio broadcast from 1938. Enjoy!
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