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For your Halloween Entertainment, being it scared the living crap out of America back in 1938 on Halloween Eve.

If you are interested in the full story and it's influence read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio)

You can listen to the actual radio broadcast by Orson Welles here: http://www.mercurytheatre.info/


The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air.

Directed by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds (1898), and was performed as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938.

The first half of the 60 minute broadcast was presented as a series of news bulletins, and suggested to many listeners that an actual Martian invasion was in progress. There was public outcry against the episode, but it launched Welles to great fame. There is controversy about whether people panicked in the streets, and a series of urban legends have grown up around the production which suggest that major disturbances took place.

Welles's adaptation is arguably the most well-known radio dramatic production in history. It was one of the Radio Project's first studies.
 

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Useless related tidbit:

Welles made the sound of the spaceship hatch opening
by opening a mason jar inside a toilet bowl.
 
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