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Welles Documentary Tells of 'Day That Panicked America'

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 09:47 PM

It was 8 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1938, a quiet Sunday evening when many Americans were gathered around the radio for post-dinner family time, blissfully unaware that all hell was about to break loose.

When Orson Welles' "Mercury Theater" broadcast the dramatic radio play "War of the Worlds," a science fiction story of an invasion of Earth by Martians in huge, walking "war machines," destroying everything in their path with devastating "heat rays," millions of Americans believed it was for real and they erupted into a nationwide frenzied panic.

The program, aired on the day before Halloween, deceptively presented with on-site "news reports" and realistic sound effects, further was dramatized with claims that thousands of National Guard troops had been killed.

Terrorized radio listeners flooded highways in an attempt to escape what they thought was the end of their world, fled to police stations for protection and huddled in basements, hoping to survive the massive "invasion" that never was.

"War of the Worlds: The Day That Panicked America," a gripping documentary which examines the unleashed hysteria and the scandal which followed, will be shown on Newsmax TV Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m./ET.

Welles' terrifying broadcast presaged the coming real horror of World War II at a time when Americans were struggling with the Great Depression, afraid and insecure about their future, and the fake landing of murdering Martians triggered fears of destruction, which soon would become all too real with the advent of Hitler's Third Reich.

"War of the Worlds: The Day That Panicked America," adds to the diverse news and opinion programs featured on Newsmax TV, now carried in more than 40 million U.S. satellite and cable homes.

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It was 8 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1938, a quiet Sunday evening when many Americans were gathered around the radio for post-dinner family time, blissfully unaware that all hell was about to break loose.
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