(Saturday, December 24, 1955, Christmas Eve) — The Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, found itself fielding phone calls from children wanting to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus today after a newspaper ad mistakenly gave the Center’s number.
The result was a tradition continued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of tracking Santa’s location the night before Christmas.
Video: 'THE GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. Henry, presented by classic-tales.net'
(Sunday, December 10, 1905) — The O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi” about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money was published today in the New York Sunday World magazine under the title “Gifts of the Magi.”
(Thursday, December 9, 1965, 7:30 p.m. EST) — A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first animated TV special featuring characters from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, was first broadcast tonight on CBS.
Video: 'The Beatles: 1965 Christmas Message Recording Session Out-Take'
(Tuesday, October 19, 1965) — The Beatles made the first of two attempts to record a Christmas message for members of their fan club (as they had in 1963 and 1964) today at Marquee Studio in London, produced by the group’s press officer Tony Barrow.