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Welles, Wells and 'The War of the Worlds'

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Welles, Wells and 'The War of the Worlds'

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Welles, Wells and 'The War of the Worlds'

Welles, Wells and 'The War of the Worlds'

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On Oct. 30, 1938, H.G. Wells' science-fiction story about an invasion from Martians was heard on the Columbia Broadcasting System, adapted into a radio play by film auteur Orson Welles. But many listeners across the country believed that the play was an actual news report.