Orson Welles War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast October 30, 1938
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Columnist Dorothy Thompson believed Orson Welles deserved the Congressional Medal for his War of the Worlds broadcast. She believed this because the fear and panic produced prompted an awareness of the power of demagoguery to influence masses of people. Broadcast on Halloween Eve in 1938 it happened during an era when Hitler and Mussolini threatened world peace. The story made headlines for days.