May 6: This day in sci-fi history

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May 6, 2017

Today is the first Saturday in May, and thus: Free Comic Book Day!

This is now an annual event that started in 2002, created to bring new comic book customers to independent comic stores. There are a lot of these stores participating today, so get to it. Click here for more information.

 

Also, it was on this day in 1915 that Orson Welles was born. Probably most famous for Citizen Kane, Welles also inspired widespread panic in 1938 when he broadcast The War of the Worlds. Somehow thinking that an actual alien invasion was taking place, the public became aware of Welles almost overnight. It's probably true that it wasn't all THAT big a deal ...

But then years later, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg made War of the Worlds (2005) and it was … that much less a big deal. Controversial statement? Not really.

Tomorrow: The integrated circuit gave us droids.