October 30, 1938: Orson Welles, the War of the Worlds
1938 – Orson Welles shocks the nation with radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. A large number of listeners who tune into the program ten minutes late (because the singer on the Edgar Bergan show was not that great). Because of this, they didn’t know this was a fictional story and start to panic. The story was brought through a series of “Newscasts” that Welles portrayed the reporter on the street and how these giant machines landed and began to attack the population.This event would launch Orson Welles career. Of course, he would go on to create Citizen Kane, Othello, Don Quixote and other classic cinema pieces.
This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 30
- 1986 – First Fibre-optic cable
- 1995 – Oracle announces Websystem
- 2007 – Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor says “Take my music”