On the night of October 30, 1938, one of the most bizarre experiences in the history of radio occurred. It might be argued that nothing of this nature happened before or since. On that night, the CBS radio network aired the Halloween episode of Mercury Theatre on the Air. Narrated by Orson Welles, this compelling story of Martians invading earth captured the attention of listeners nationwide. Despite disclaimers issued during the broadcast, many people took the broadcast literally and panicked. The broadcast was actually an adaptation of H. G. Welles' novel, The War of the Worlds.