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On this Day: ‘The War of the Worlds’ Broadcast Causes Panic

There are 16 comments on the www.findingdulcinea.com story from Oct 30, 2008, titled On this Day: ‘The War of the Worlds’ Broadcast Causes Panic. In it, www.findingdulcinea.com reports that:

On Oct. 30, 1938, many Americans believed Orson Welles' radio broadcast adaptation of H. G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" was reporting an actual alien invasion.

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Lenni, PA

#1 Oct 30, 2008
This is sort of like what happens today in the news, only it's real and we're invading Iraq for no apparent reason.

Lenni, PA

#2 Oct 30, 2008
I remember listening to a recording of this when I was little, knowing full well it was not true and still being scared by it. I can only imagine what it was like tuning into it live.

Lenni, PA

#3 Oct 30, 2008
I love how in the pic Orson Welles looks like he's a member of Band-Aid. Let them know it's Christmastime!

Lenni, PA

#4 Oct 30, 2008
Only last week, we believed Joe the Plumber was a plumber. Amazing!
Veronica Lake

Lenni, PA

#5 Oct 30, 2008
Our diseases would have killed the Martians anyhow. Maybe too slowly, though.
Reginald Dupinsky

Lenni, PA

#6 Oct 30, 2008
How can we be sure aliens didn't invade in 1938? I haven't seen any proof.
Betty Cooper

Lenni, PA

#7 Oct 30, 2008
It's kind of funny how this sort of thing could never work today because we've become so skeptical. I bet the Iraqis watching the news in 2003 were thinking to themselves, "This is probably a hoax, just like that classic War of the Worlds broadcast. Oh Orson Welles, you scamp! You've done it again."

Lenni, PA

#8 Oct 30, 2008
You would think the radio station might have given this a little more thought or at the very least have given the disclaimer every few minutes. I wonder if was Orson Wells intention to see what would happen.

Seattle, WA

#9 Oct 30, 2008
how amazing that there was a time when the majority of americans tuned into the same radio program and had such a universal and shared sense of events.

Lenni, PA

#10 Oct 30, 2008
Rosebud... yes, Rosebud Frozen Peas. Full of country goodness and green pea-ness. Wait, that's terrible. I quit.

Portland, OR

#11 Oct 30, 2008
I find it frightening to listen to even today - I can't imagine what it would have been like to turn on the radio not knowing what you were getting.

Laramie, WY

#12 Oct 30, 2008
I didn't know the broadcast was repeated in other countries (or that people kept struggling with figuring out whether it was real).
voice of gloom

Lenni, PA

#13 Oct 30, 2008
It's all fun and games until 20 people die in Ecuador. The Rwandan genocide started with false broadcasts too.

Portland, OR

#14 Oct 30, 2008
I would have married Orson Welles, before he blew up like Brando, that is.

Sault Sainte Marie, MI

#15 Mar 30, 2013
how many people exactly died over suicides?

East Bend, NC

#16 Jun 2, 2014
Good article.

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