ON THIS DAY in 1917, the Boys Town orphanage was founded in Nebraska by Father Edward J. Flanagan. The story of Flanagan’s home for wayward boys was dramatized in the 1938 film, BOYS TOWN, starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney.
ON THIS DAY in 1938, Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater radio company performed H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, causing widespread panic among the general public. In 1957, Welles’ broadcast and the ensuing events were recreated for the 1957 Westinghouse Studio One show titled THE NIGHT AMERICA TREMBLED.