Daily Bread for 10.30.23: War of the Worlds 1938 Radio Broadcast

 Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 37. Sunrise is 7:27 and sunset 5:49 for 10h 22m 14s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 96.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

  On this day in 1938, Orson Welles broadcasts a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, causing a panic in some of the audience in the United States.

Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds broadcast

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