This Day in History

Today is Tuesday, October 30th, the 303rd day of the year.  There are 62 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1938, Orson Welles' classic radio play "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS.  The live drama panicked some radio listeners who actually thought that the play's faked news reports about a Martian invasion was true. 

In 1970, Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced in Miami to six or eight months hard labor for indecent exposure and profanity.

In 1976, Jane Pauley became news co-anchor of the "Today" show.

In 1983, the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 1988, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon conducted a mass wedding ceremony in South Korea for more than 65-hundred of his followers. 

In 2000, comic legend Steve Allen died on this date at the age of 78. 

In 2015, a live exorcism took place on national TV.  The special "Exorcism: LIVE!" aired on the Destination America cable channel.  A crew visited the St. Louis area home that inspired the famous horror movie "The Exorcist." to drive out demonic forces.    

In 2015, the Justice Department began releasing hundreds of nonviolent drug offenders on this day.  They were among the first of more than six-thousand federal prison inmates gaining their freedom early under a program to reduce overcrowding.


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