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Today in Nerd History | December 24

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on December 24th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

NOMAD SANTA TRACKER

In 1948, the United States Air Force issued a communique claiming that an “early warning radar net to the north” had detected “one unidentified sleigh, powered by eight reindeer, at 14,000 feet, heading 180 degrees.” The Associated Press passed this report along to the general public. It was the first time that the United States Armed Forces issued a statement about tracking Santa Claus’ sleigh on Christmas Eve, though it was a one-time event, not repeated over the next several years. However, in 1955, the Continental Air Defense Command began a yearly tradition of tracking Santa Claus, taken over by the North American Air Defense Command in 1958 and continuing to this day.

Nerdy Fact: The most agreed upon story as to how this began in 1955 was that a Sears advertisement misprinted the phone number for children to call Santa and instead reached the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).





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