30th October 1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts a realistic adaptation of ‘War of the Worlds’ on the air, causing panic across the United States

Memorable remains the transmission that aired on October 30, 1938, during which the 23-year-old Welles interpreted a radio adaptation written by Howard E. Koch of The War of the Worlds, a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells; the program caused panic in much of the United States, as many radio listeners believed that Earth was indeed being invaded by a warlike Martian fleet.

Welles knew that CBS was broadcasting on frequencies to those of the most followed NBC, where at the same time they broadcast the popular broadcasts of comedian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his puppet Charlie McCarthy, but he also knew that Bergen, in a moment very precise about his transmission, he always broadcast a musical break during which the audience tended to change station: it was at that moment that Welles decided to land his Martians far away. The choice proved effective as the United States plunged into chaos. According to the testimony of many collaborators, including personal assistant Alland, CBS executive Davison Taylor swooped into the recording room after 15 minutes and exclaimed to Welles, “By God, stop this like this! People out there are. gone mad!”. Shortly after Welles replied to the CBS General Paley (down in slippers and I confess), who told him about the transmission: “Stop? Why? They must be afraid, let me continue to have!”, Only to declare the opposite in all subsequent interviews. To be sure, Welles thought the adaptation boring, and not bought wanted to propose it, but it was in use in the absence of other interesting material available.

Believing that the events described in the broadcast to be authentic, the listeners of the program panicked, not realizing that it was actually a simple radio show. The story narrated in the novel was interpreted by Welles as a real commentary, with the sole intent of public engaging for the. The adaptation of the novel in fact simulated a special news program, which at times was inserted above the other programs of the schedule, to provide updates on the landing of Martian spaceships in Grovers Mill (New Jersey). The result was all too realistic and went beyond the author’s expectations. The story turned into a huge advertising return for Welles, so much so that the RKO came forward offering him a contract for the making of three films in Hollywood.


A new sunspot is emitting solar flares: A strong geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth between 30 and 31 October.

A strong G3-class geomagnetic storm could occur this Saturday, October 30, when the coronal mass ejection (CME) from the solar flare that occurred on Thursday 28, type X1, hits the Earth’s magnetic field. geomagnetic, it is worth explaining what it is.

Coronal mass ejections (EMC) consist of the release of large amounts of matter from the solar atmosphere, originating from the solar corona during strong and long-lasting solar flares and resulting from large-scale magnetic instabilities. They are one of the most spectacular events in solar activity, ejecting billions of tons of plasma, as well as their encrusted magnetic fields, into space.

Storms like this, scheduled for October 30, can trigger auroras visible to the naked eye as far south as Illinois and Oregon (typically 50 degrees geomagnetic latitude) and photographic auroras at even lower latitudes.

Minor storms of classes G1 and G2 may persist until Halloween. When it comes to solar flares, these are huge bursts of radiation from the Sun that shoot radiation-charged particles out of the star. According to NASA, these are lettered, with Class C relatively weak, Class M moderate and Class X the strongest.

🎃♬ JACKSON – Thriller

today a song (famous) of peanuts dedicated to halloween…


It’s close to midnight
Something evil’s lurking from the darkUnder the moonlight
You see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream
But terror takes the sound before you make itYou start to freeze
As horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralysed’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
And no-one’s gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller
Thriller night
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonight, yeahYou hear the door slam
And realise there’s nowhere left to runYou feel the cold hand
And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
You close your eyesAnd hope that this is just imagination
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You’re outta time’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
There ain’t no second chance
Against the thing with the forty eyes, girl
Thriller (ooh, ooh)
Thriller night
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonightNight creatures calling
The dead start to walk in their masqueradeThere’s no escaping the jaws of the alien this time (they’re open wide)This is the end of your lifeThey’re out to get you
There’s demons closing in on every sideThey will possess you
Unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time
For you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night
I’ll save you from the terror on the screen
I’ll make you seeThat this is thriller
Thriller night
‘Cause I can thrill you more
Than any ghoul could ever dare try
(Thriller) Ooh, ooh
(Thriller night)
So let me hold you tight
And share a
(Killer, diller, chiller)
(Thriller here tonight)’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
Girl, I can thrill you more
Than any ghoul could ever dare try
(Thriller) Ooh, ooh
(Thriller night)
So let me hold you tight
And share a
(Killer, thriller) Oh
I’m gonna thrill you tonightDarkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorise y’alls neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller, ooh, ooh, yeah)
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller, oh, darling)
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
Ooh, ooh, babe
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller) Oh, darling
Thriller night
OohThe foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty-thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller