October 30 - Orson Welles scares the American public with "War of the Worlds"

On this day, 74 years ago, arguably the most historic broadcast in the history of radio took place. Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel "War of the Worlds" will always be remembered as the radio broadcast that sent the American public into mass hysteria.

The novel is about an alien invasion , which the public thought was actually occurring in America as they were listening to the broadcast. "The War of the Worlds" broadcast took the form of a news-bulletin format, which lead people to believe that what they were hearing was indeed true. Also, given that many listeners tuned in late to the broadcast, they missed the disclaimer which stated that broadcast was based off a fictional novel.

Given that the 1930's was seen as the "Golden Age" of radio (television had not become a mainstream medium at this point), the radio was the primary source of news for most people. The trust that the public had in radio was a big reason as to why they believed an alien invasion was taking place.




October 19 - Nirvana hits #1 with "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah"

On this day, 16 years ago, Nirvana released their sixth platinum album of the 1990's, "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah". The album featured live performances of Nirvana's biggest hits, including "Lithium", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Polly", and many more. The album was the second album to be released after the death of lead singer Kurt Cobain.

The album spent 25 weeks on the charts, peaking at #1 for multiple weeks in both the States and in Canada. The album attained success worldwide, as it peaked in the top 10 in 13 different countries. Spin and Rolling Stone Magazines both ranked the album as one of the best of the year, with Rolling Stone naming it the #9 album of 1996.





October 10 - Wayne Gretzky makes his NHL Debut

On October 10, 1979, "The Great One" laced up his skates for his first ever NHL game. Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, however Gretzky picked up his first ever NHL point, an assist, on Kevin Lowe's goal midway through the first period. Gretzky would end his first year in the league by scoring 137 points, and winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

Upon his retirement in 1999, Gretzky held a combined 61 NHL records. The Great One is the only player to eclipse the 200 point mark in a single season, something he accomplished on four different occasions.

Gretzky's latest accomplishment was being named the final torch bearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He was also a special adviser to the Canadian National Men's Hockey Team that took home the gold medal.




October 4 - Another One Bites the Dust hits #1

On this day 32 years ago, Queen's iconic single "Another One Bites the Dust" was the number one song in the United States. The song was Queen's most successful single, as it accumulated over $7 million in sales and went number one in five different countries.

The song has been redone and used in several different capacities since 1980. In 1998, the song was covered by R&B singer Wycleaf Jean, which became a top 5 single in the UK. In 2010, the song received another great honour, as the cast of "Glee" did a remake of the iconic single in the episode "Funk".

Billboard ranked "Another One Bites the Dust" as the 34th greatest song of all time.




October 1 - Disney World Opens in Florida!

On this day 41 years ago, Walt Disney World Resort opened its doors in Florida. Since then, the resort has become the largest and most visited resort on the planet. Disney World covers a 30,080 acre lot which encompasses four themed parks, two water parks, and 23 themed hotels. To put that into perspective, the 30,080 acre lot is nearly the same size as the city of San Francisco!

Given the enormity of Disney World, the resort employs over 66,000 workers, which in turn costs over 1 billion dollars in payroll a year! Needless to say, this isn't your typical "Mickey Mouse Organization".




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