Oct. 30: National Candy Corn Day; ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic

VIDEO: Orson Welles War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

Enjoy a sweet pre-Halloween treat on Oct. 30, also known as National Candy Corn day.   The tri-colored triangles of sugary awesomeness have been around since the 1880s.  Illinois’ Goelitz Candy Company was one of the first to mass produce candy corn in the early 20th century.  Nearly 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold in America annually.  If you’re looking for a new twist on the classic candy, try Brach’s recipe for Candy Corn Peanut Butter Crispy Treats.


‘War of the Worlds’ Radio Anniversary

Video from 1988 on the 50th anniversary of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.  In 1938, 23-year-old radio announcer Orson Welles presented an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel “War of the Worlds.”  Many Americans tuned in after the program’s introduction and the realistic radio announcement about alien invasions created a real-life panic.


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1991 ‘Perfect Storm’ Hits Northeast U.S.

A weakened storm system from Hurricane Grace clashed with a low pressure system over the North Atlantic, unleashing fury along New England and Canada’s coast.  The Andrea Gail and its six crew members were lost at sea during the storm. Their story inspired Sebastian Junger’s best-selling book, “The Perfect Storm.”


1995 Vote for Quebec Independence

Canada remains one country after a close vote to negotiate Quebec’s independence.


Famous Birthdays

1735 John Adams

1821 Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1885 Ezra Pound

Ruth Gordon

1945 Henry Winkler

1965 Gavin Rossdale

1978 Matthew Morrison


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