They say you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, but you also can’t believe everything you were taught in junior high. Here are some myths and misconceptions about history that you might have believed… until now.
Orson Welles did a little radio show called “War of the Worlds” in 1938, and the story goes that everyone thought aliens were actually invading earth and a mass panic ensued.
The fact is that some people did think it was true, but the “mass panic” was greatly exaggerated seeing as there weren’t that many people listening to the show to begin with. It was in a very competitive time slot and a lot of the CBS affiliates completely replaced the broadcast. The reason for the exaggeration was a very bitter rival between the newspapers and radios. The newspapers were constantly trying to make radio entertainment look bad, hence the “mass panic” story.