Today is the 75th anniversary of the famous radio broadcast of the Orson Welles production of the H. G. Wells story The War of the Worlds, that began with a series of fake news bulletins that announced an alien invasion and supposedly triggered widespread panic. There are bound to be news items that refer to this event.
A legend has grown up that the broadcast was so realistic that many people believed it and ran into the streets in fear. Last year I wrote that people who have looked closely at contemporaneous records of this story say that it has been wildly exaggerated. But perhaps aided by its proximity to the Halloween holiday when the media likes to hype scary stories, the myth refuses to die, like the zombies that people love to dress up as.