A broadcast that struck fear into an already anxious nation, Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast was the most famous alien invasion that never happened.
Last year, a University of Michigan grad student applied for an internship at American Experience. He ended up with a Story By credit on War of the Worlds.
In the early 1900s, Martians were a hot topic in American popular culture.
Many Americans could not fathom that some people heard War of the Worlds and actually believed that Martians had landed in New Jersey.