On this date in 1938, alien creatures from Mars invaded the earth, wreaking widespread havoc. At least, that is what some believed after listening to an Orson Wells radio broadcast on the popular Mercury Theatre series on the CBS radio network. An adaptation of H.G. Wells novel of the same name, the format was that of a news broadcast, without commercial interruption. A public outcry against the format and wide-spread public denunciations of the broadcast launched the career of actor and director Orson Welles.