Why Famous: Most noted for his science fiction works including The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
- 1938-10-30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic
- 1949-02-12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
- "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. Yet, clumsily or smoothly, the world, it seems, progresses and will progress."