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.
In the early 1900s, Martians were a hot topic in American popular culture.
Actors, antique radios, and the greatest prank of all times. Behind the scenes with the producers of War of the Worlds.
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.