October 30th 1938: ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast
On this day in 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H.G. Wells’s 1898 science-fiction novel ‘The War of the Worlds’. For Halloween, the play was initially broadcast as a series of news bulletins, leading many Americans to fear an invasion of Earth by Martians. Many later complained of being misled by the broadcast. The outcry over the play secured Welles’s fame and popularised the story.