1938
THIS YEAR IN LAS VEGAS ...

WHILE IN THE WORLD ...

A New Lake Is Born
After the completion of the Hoover Dam, water is finally store, to form the Lake Mead.
It is the world's largest artificial lake, with its 30 billion cubic meter capacity, and with a length of 180 km.

The Anschluss
After years of plots to support the Nazi party in Austria, the plan of Hitler to annex Austria to Germany, the so-called ''Anschluss'', reaches full success.
On March 12, Nazi troops invade Austria; the Austrian chancellor, Kurt von Schuschnigg, is put into jail; dissidents and Jews are forced to exile or put into concentration camps.
Mussolini sends his congratulations to Hitler. The other nations, even those unwilling, finally accept this act.

Hughes across the world
Howard Hughes, the billionaire filmmaker and aircraft producer, is also famous for being an expert and reckless aviator.
This year he will became world-famous for circling the planet in only three days, 19 hours and 17 minutes.

Inventions to make life easier
The Hungarian brothers Ladislao and Georg Biro invent the ballpoint pen. Finally, it becomes possible to use a pen that does not require a separate pot of ink.
Chester Carlson invents the xerographic copier. The method, based on electric charges to deposit ink, is originally rather complicate, but it will be improved in the next years.
The chemist Roy J. Plunkett discovers a chemically inert polymer, which he will name as Teflon. It is not subject to corrosion from any acid.

Panic for a simulated Martians invasion
On Sunday, October 30, the young actor Orson Welles and his troupe broadcast at the radio a piece of H. G. Well's novel, describing a Martian invasion.
Although at the beginning an announcement said that the program is just a fiction, then the play (broken by news bulletins covering the event) is very realistic.
More than one million of people across the US have listened the program, and believing the news were real, have invaded the streets terrorized.

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