Originally broadcast on October 30, 1938, War of the Worlds caused mass panic that night among a listening audience who believed that the United States was indeed under attack.
The nationwide uproar spurred CBS to demand Welles read a public statement the following morning and take questions from reporters.
Welles: Definitely not. The technique I used was not original with me. It was not even new. I anticipated nothing unusual.
Welles: No, you don't play murder in soft words.
Welles: H. G. Wells used real cities in Europe, and to make the play more acceptable to American listeners we used real cities in America. Of course, I'm terribly sorry now.
All I can say is, I can see why War of the Worlds scared the crap out of people.