NORAD tracks Santa

Photo by Michel Tcherevkoff.

On Dec. 24, 1955, a call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) operations center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

However, this call was not from the president or a general. It was from a young child in Colorado Springs who was following the directions in an advertisement printed in the local paper – the youngster wanted to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus.

The ad had read, “Hey, kiddies! Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number.” However, the number was printed incorrectly in the advertisement and rang into the CONAD operations center.

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