80 years ago today, on October 30th, 1938, actor Orson Welles scared the living crap out of anyone who tuned into his radio broadcast that night. Presented by radio’s Mercury Theatre, Welles gave a passionate reading of H.G. Wells classic sci-fi tale “The War Of The Worlds”. Those who listened to the broadcast from the beginning knew it was a literary adaptation. However, those who tuned in late without knowing what was scheduled were in for a shock. It sounded as though a newscaster was describing an alien invasion at Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. Panicked listeners began calling into the radio station, the police showed up due to public alarm, and a general hysterical panic spread, although not as widespread as some accounts made it out to be. Still, it was a sensation of a news story at the time, with an acting favorite giving everyone a pre-Halloween scare.