This season marks Sunday River’s 57th year as a ski resort. But like wine, ski resorts only get better with age. Trails are cut. Lifts are installed. And new traditions are born, like the 8th Annual Winterfest Weekend (December 16-18). This year’s festivities for our birthday party will be held at Barker—where it all began—with snowy games and bonfires.
But besides Sunday River opening in 1959 with a t-bar servicing two trails and a rope tow another, what else in history has happened on December 19? I could go back as early as the year 324 according to On This Day, but let’s start in the slightly closer past.
1843 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is published
1903 – Williamsburg suspension bridge opens in New York
1917 – The first NHL game is played on artificial ice in Toronto
1918 – Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” column begins
1920 – Brookline, Massachusetts opens the first US indoor curling rink
1932 – The BBC begins overseas broadcasts
1948 – New York experiences its 8th largest snowfall with 15.3”
1950 – The Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion
1958 – The first radio broadcast from space airs featuring President Eisenhower
1959 – Sunday River Resort opens for skiing
1960 – Frank Sinatra records Ring-A-Ding-Ding with Reprise Records
1968 – The Beatles 7th Christmas album is released
1972 – Apollo 17 returns to Earth
1974 – The 9th James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, premieres
1984 – Wayne Gretzsky is the youngest NHL player to score 1,000 goals
1989 – Larry Bird begins 71-game free throw streak
1994 – Rolls-Royce announces V12 engines to be produced by BMW
1998 – The House of Representatives moves forward with efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton following the Lewinsky scandal
2001 – The first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, premieres
2012 – South Korea elects its first female president
2016 – Sunday River skiers and snowboarders rest up after a raucous Winterfest Weekend!