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

Oct 30, 2008 | Posted by: findingDulcinea_KED | Full story: www.findingdulcinea.com

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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Kristen

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#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.
William2

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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.
XRT

East Orange, NJ

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#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!
Lou

East Orange, NJ

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

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

East Orange, NJ

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

East Orange, NJ

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#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."
Owen

East Orange, NJ

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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.
babs

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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.
Orson

East Orange, NJ

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

Portland, OR

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#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.
BettyB

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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

East Orange, NJ

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

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

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

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#16
Jun 2, 2014
 
Good article.

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