On this day in 1938 Orson Welles, best known these days for his role as the narrator in the 1980s animated transformers film, broadcast his radio play of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. The play told the story of alien invasion through a series of faux news bulletins and this fooled many American's who had missed the start into thinking the Earth really was being invaded.
And now the news:
The play in full, epic even today: