Thursday, 31 October 2013

Today's The Day,

that marks the 75th. anniversary of Orson Welles' broadcast that panicked many in the U.S.A.

the New York Daily News front page from Oct. 31, 1938 tells the story of when the Mercury Theater on the Air enacted a Martian invasion of Earth, 'upwards of a million people, [were] convinced, if only briefly, that the United States was being laid waste by alien invaders,' narrator Oliver Platt informs us in the new PBS documentary commemorating the program,

the problem, arose because rather like today when people switch television channels many people that switched over to the Mercury Theater on the Air radio station missed the opening disclaimer, it seems strange that we only watched the DVD War of the Worlds last night.

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