Nightly News   |  October 30, 2013

75 years ago, Orson Welles broadcast 'War of the Worlds'

At the time, unsuspecting radio listeners thought we were in the middle of a Mars gas attack. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> it is hard to imagine what it was like when there was only radio. that magical device in american living rooms that families didn't just gather around to listen to. they often stared at it as it spoke to them. 75 years ago tonight orson welles broke into programming and came on the air with a broadcast billed as the war of the worlds .

>> it is reported that at 8:50 p.m . a huge flaming object believed to be a meteorite fell on a farm in new jersey.

>>> unsuspecting radio listeners who didn't hear disclaimers thought they were in the middle of an attack from mars. police and telephone operators were forced to tell people the there was no cause for alarm.