The War of the Worlds 70th Anniversary

black and white photo of Orson Welles performing in radio show

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the infamous 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” radio play. While there’s some controversy about just how much of a panic the show set off (with the exception of Concrete, Washington), there’s no doubt how large of a cultural impact it’s had over the years.

photo of Grover's Mill memorial

Much like the wonderful Tripod Statue erected in Woking, England (as a memorial to the initial Martian attack in the original book), the ill-fated Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, set up a memorial monument of the Martian invasion, which you can check out here.

If you’ve not heard the hour-long broadcast, you can download an MP3 of it (and other Mercury Theater productions) at The Mercury Theatre on the Air website. Today is a good day to give it a listen, so have at it!