Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Wednesday night marks the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ 60-minute radio drama “The War of the Worlds.”
The performance back in 1938 was broadcasted on CBS radio and sent many into a panic.
Welles’ 1938 performance of “The War of the Worlds” was adapted from the 1898 science-fiction novel written by H.G. Wells, which described an alien invasion in New Jersey.
A disclaimer was broadcasted at the beginning of the program, stating the radio show was simply a performance.
But people tuning in after the initial disclaimer had no warning, and some believed the report to be true, causing many to panic.
Welles, who later went on to make the cinema masterpiece “Citizen Kane,” intended for the performance to be a Halloween prank.
Welles passed away in 1985 from a heart attack.