On this day: October 30

Published On: Oct 30 2012 12:50:30 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Orson Welles broadcasts "The War of the Worlds," buffalo wings are born, Ali and Foreman square off in the "Rumble in the Jungle," and Michael Jordan returns to the NBA, all on this day.

OTD October 30 - Orson Welles
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1938: Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," causing anxiety among some of the audience in the United States. The first two-thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. The episode, which was met with outrage by some listeners, newspapers and public figures, helped secure Welles' fame.

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