The story of the mass panic caused by Welles’s War of the Worlds remains
popular, but recent research has suggested that the extent of the commotion
is far more limited than the myth allows. Newspapers at the time greatly
exaggerated listeners’ panic - most of the show’s audience understood the
play was fictitious - as a way to discredit radio, which was emerging as a
serious competition to newspapers.
This Day In History | October 30th 1938: ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast…
the more things change,
the more they stay the same.
I remember my Great Aunt Freddie (she was my mom's father's sister,
Freddie really was her name)
telling stories about this radio broadcast.
As a kid,
she was attending an evening church service that Sunday when a frantic guy burst in claiming that Martians had landed in New Jersey.
I don't recall more of the story other than that.
I would have liked to have known the pastor's reaction to that.
Obligatory Contact Info
You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go
ahead, I won't bite. I promise.
The dates are the permanent links to that day's entries (or
entry, if there is only one entry). The titles are the permanent
links to that entry only. The format for the links are
simple: Start with the base link for this site: https://boston.conman.org/, then add the date you are
interested in, say 2000/08/01,
so that would make the final URL:
You can also specify the entire month by leaving off the day
portion. You can even select an arbitrary portion of time.
You may also note subtle shading of the links and that's
intentional: the “closer” the link is (relative to the
page) the “brighter” it appears. It's an experiment in
using color shading to denote the distance a link is from here. If
you don't notice it, don't worry; it's not all that
It is assumed that every brand name, slogan, corporate name,
symbol, design element, et cetera mentioned in these pages is a
protected and/or trademarked entity, the sole property of its
owner(s), and acknowledgement of this status is implied.