On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles gave the nation a Halloween scare with his radio broadcast of an adaptation of H.G. Wells' 1898 novel, The War of the Worlds.
Martians! In New Jersey! It was the most famous invasion that never happened.
After the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, thousands of listeners wrote letters. American Experience film producers used the letters as inspiration for dramatized on-camera interviews. Watch the outtakes.
By the 1930s, the radio was becoming a staple in American homes. Now people didn't have to wait for the evening paper — breaking news came right into their living rooms.