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RADIO DRAMA FIRST HEARD ON THIS DAY IN 1938

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George Orson Welles  (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985)


“The War of the Worlds”—Orson Welles’s realistic radio dramatization of a
Martian invasion of Earth—is broadcast on the radio on October 30, 1938.

Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided
to update H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel The War of the
Worlds
for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for
several years, most notably as the voice of “The Shadow” in the hit
mystery program of the same name. “War of the Worlds” was not planned
as a radio hoax, and Welles had little idea of the havoc it would cause.

The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced:
“The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present
Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’
by H.G. Wells.”

Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and
millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these
Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy
“Charlie McCarthy” on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the
comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the
story of the Martian invasion was well underway.

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CHARACTER ACTOR HAS DIED AT 94

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James Karen (Jacob Karnofsky)
(November 28, 1923 – October 24, 2018)


(Variety) –
James Karen, character actor with hundreds of roles who
was best known for
Poltergeist and “Night of the Living Dead,”
died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was listed
as cardiorespiratory arrest.

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State troopers and a sheriff’s posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, AL. on this day in 1965.

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On this day in 1936, Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles.

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Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999)

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TV SERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1964

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a spy-fiction television series produced by
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television and first broadcast on NBC. It follows
secret agents, played by
Robert Vaughn (center and David McCallum 
(left), who work for a secret international counter-espionage and law-
enforcement agency called
U.N.C.L.E. The series premiered in 1964 and discontinued its run on January 15, 1968. It led the spy-fiction craze on
television, and by 1966 there were nearly a dozen imitators.

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David Keith McCallum, Jr. turned 84 on September 19.

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