Today in Miss America History

Historical Events

  • 1921-09-07 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • 1921-09-08 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • 1923-09-07 Mary Katherine Campbell (Ohio), 16, crowned 2nd Miss America 1922-23
  • 1954-09-11 1st Miss America TV broadcast
  • 1954-09-11 Lee Meriwether (California), 19, crowned 27th Miss America 1955 (1st on TV)
  • 1958-09-06 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
  • 1961-09-09 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962
  • 1967-09-09 Debra Dene Barnes (Kansas), 20, crowned 40th Miss America 1968
  • 1970-09-12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1971-09-11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972
  • 1972-09-09 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973
  • 1973-09-08 Rebecca Ann King (Colo), 23, crowned 46th Miss America 1974
  • 1974-09-07 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1975-09-06 Tawny Elaine Godin (NY), 18, crowned 48th Miss America 1976
  • 1976-09-11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977
  • 1977-09-10 Susan Perkins (Ohio), crowned 50th Miss America 1978
  • 1978-09-09 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979
  • 1979-09-08 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • 1980-09-06 Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981
  • 1981-09-12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • 1982-09-11 Debbie Maffett (California), 25, crowned 55th Miss America 1983
  • 1983-09-17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • 1984-07-20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
  • 1984-07-23 Suzette Charles (NJ), 21, replaces Williams as 57th Miss America 1984
  • 1984-07-23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns due to posing nude
  • 1984-09-15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • 1985-09-14 Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986
  • 1986-09-13 Kellye Cash (Tenn), 21, crowned 60th Miss America 1987
  • 1987-09-19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America
  • 1988-09-10 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (Minn), 22, crowned 62nd Miss America 1989
  • 1989-09-16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • 1990-09-07 Marjorie Judith Vincent (Ill), 25, crowned 64th Miss America 1991
  • 1991-09-14 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (Hawaii), 24, crowned 65th Miss America 1992
  • 1992-09-20 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993
  • 1993-09-18 Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC), 18, crowned 67th Miss America 1994
  • 1993-09-19 Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, Miss SC wins 67th Miss America
  • 1994-09-17 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
  • 1995-09-16 Shawntel Smith (Okla), 24, crowned 69th Miss America 1996

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1995-11-07 Howard Stern's 2nd book "Miss America" released (fastest selling ever)

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1996-09-14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • 1996-10-09 Howard Stern's book "Miss America" released in paperback
  • 1997-09-13 Katherine Shindle (Ill), 24, crowned 71st Miss America 1998

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 112

  • 1914-12-30 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1924-07-16 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1935-05-27 Lee Meriwether, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1936-12-19 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • 1939-02-17 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Ms, (d. 2014)
  • 1949-06-25 Phyllis George-Brown, Denton Tx, Miss America (1971)/sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1956-09-15 Tawny Elaine Godin Schneider, Maine, Miss America (76)/(Eye on Hollywood)
  • 1963-03-02 Suzette Charles, NJ, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1983)
  • 1963-03-18 Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, Actress, singer and 1st African American Miss America (1983)
  • 1964-11-21 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Oak Park Ill, Miss America (1991)
  • 1965-09-19 Debbye Turner, Miss America (1990)
  • 1965-12-09 Karla Nelson, Pine City Minn, Ms America (1993)
  • 1967-12-21 Kristi Cooke, Marion Ohio, Miss Ohio-America (1991)
  • 1970-10-10 Helen Louise Goldsby, Miss America (NY-Top 10-1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970-10-12 Amy Beth Keller, Great Bend Kansas, Miss America (Kansas-Top 10-1996)
  • 1970-12-13 Elizabeth Patricia Reilly, North Providence RI, Miss America-RI (1996)
  • 1970-12-23 Kimberly Ann Cooley, Grand Forks ND, Miss America-ND (1996)
  • 1970-12-28 Elizabeth McIntyre, Dunbar WV, Miss America-WV (1996)
  • 1971-01-22 Jennifer Christine Joseph, Wendover Nev, Miss America-Nevada (1996)
  • 1971-02-11 Jennifer Lynne Faucette, Burlington Vermont, Miss America-Vt (1996)
  • 1971-04-06 Vivian Y Herding, Albuquerque NM, Miss America-NM (1996)
  • 1971-04-25 Michelle Harris, Newark Delaware, Miss America-Delaware (1996)
  • 1971-09-16 Shawntel Smith, Oklahoma, Miss America (1996)
  • 1971-10-05 Coni Lyn Hull, Jackson Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1996)
  • 1971-10-18 Tammy Harris, Williamstown NY, Miss America-New York State (1997)
  • 1971-10-21 Rebecca Lynn Gray, Miss America-Indiana (1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-11-27 Linette Mertz, Kutztown Penns, Miss America-Penns (1996)
  • 1972-01-09 Kristie Hicks, Bardstown Kentucky, Miss America-Kentucky (1996)
  • 1972-01-11 Amber Medlin, Virginia Beach Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1996)
  • 1972-01-15 Kimberly Anne Massaro, St Louis Mo, Miss America (Missouri-5th-1997)
  • 1972-02-05 Erin Phillips, Mexico Missouri, Miss America-Missouri (1996)
  • 1972-02-14 Erika Rachael Schwarz, Folsom La, Miss America (Louisiana-2nd-1997)
  • 1972-02-18 Shani Lynn Nielsen, New Albany IN, Miss America (Indiana-Top 10-1997)
  • 1972-02-24 Patricia Regan Leines, Medford Or, Miss America (Oregon-3rd-1997)
  • 1972-03-06 Susan Alexander, Silver Spring Maryland, Miss America-Maryland (1997)
  • 1972-03-09 Marcia M Griffith, Miss America-Maryland (1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-03-13 Shea Olliff, Augusta Georgia, Miss America-Georgia (1997)
  • 1972-04-21 Lori Flick, Miss America-Massachusetts (1997), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972-05-12 Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
  • 1972-06-30 Ellen Coleen Pasturzak, Portsmouth Ohio, Miss America-Ohio (1996)
  • 1972-09-04 Myra Katherine Hale, Miss America-Nebraska (1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1972-09-15 Amanda Lynn Granrud, Great Falls Montana, Miss America-Montana (1996)
  • 1972-09-28 Dena Querubin, Waterford NJ, Miss America-NJ (1996)
  • 1972-10-02 Tara Dawn Holland, Overland Park Kansas, Miss America (1997)
  • 1972-10-24 Natasha Ann Courter, Davenport Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1997)
  • 1972-11-02 Jeni Stephens, Miss America-Tennessee (1997), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972-11-13 Kimberlee Ann McKay, Belle Fourche SD, Miss America-SD (1996)
  • 1972-12-13 GiGi Gordon, Butler PA, Miss America-Pennsylvania (1997)
  • 1973-01-03 Paula Knoll, Moorhead Minnesota, Miss America-Minnesota (1996)
  • 1973-01-17 Amanda Elizabeth Spivey, Spartanburg SC, Miss America-SC (1996)
  • 1973-03-08 Nanette Pearson, Pleasant Grove Utah, Miss America-Utah (1997)
  • 1973-04-12 Pamela Polk, Berlin Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1996)
  • 1973-04-24 Melissa Short, Kaaawa Hawaii, Miss America (Hawaii-Top 10-1997)
  • 1973-04-26 Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)
  • 1973-05-04 Michelle Martinez, Miss America (Texas-Top 10-1997), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973-05-13 Brooke Jennifer Gambrell, Boise Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1996)
  • 1973-07-27 Amy Linn Duncan, Miss America-Oklahoma (1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1973-07-30 Cara Jackson, Chandler Arizona, Miss America-Arizona (1996)
  • 1973-08-02 Kari Anne Safford, Point Pleasant WV, Miss America-WV (1997)
  • 1973-08-03 Kari Litton, Pontotoc Miss, Miss America (Mississippi-Top 10-1997)
  • 1973-08-29 Leigh Sherer, Jasper Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-Top 10-1996)
  • 1973-09-23 Michelle Tolson, Manchester NH, Miss America-NH (1997)
  • 1973-09-25 Melonie McGarrah, Rogers Arkansas, Miss America-Arkansas (1997)
  • 1973-10-27 Alison "Ali" Malyn Shumate, Union City Tenn, Miss America-Tenn (1996)
  • 1973-10-27 Monica Louwerens, Greenville Miss, Miss America (Miss-Top 10-1996)
  • 1973-11-11 Stacy Perrone, Wolcott Conn, Meet Miss America-Connecticut (1997)
  • 1973-11-15 Rachel Kathleen English, Thomaston Ga, Miss America-Georgia (1996)
  • 1974-01-15 Aubrey Jo Hiller, Missoula Montana, Miss America-Montana (1997)
  • 1974-03-19 Jennifer Lynn Drayton, Saginaw Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1997)
  • 1974-04-09 Sharon Pelletier, Madawaska Maine, Miss America-Maine (1996)
  • 1974-04-10 Sherry Johnson, Owatonna Minnesota, Miss America-Minnesota (1996)
  • 1974-05-10 Janet Reasons, Port Orchard Washington, Miss America-Washington (1997)
  • 1974-05-12 Tiffany Stoker, Clovis California, Miss America (California-4th-1996)
  • 1974-05-17 Marcia Turner, Cambridge Massachusetts, Miss America (Mass-Top 10-1996)
  • 1974-06-03 Alison McCreary, Florence Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-4th-1997)
  • 1974-06-04 Lyndsay Kahler, Orange California, Miss America-California (1997)
  • 1974-06-15 Any Lynn Ciccolella, Monument Colorado, Miss America-Colorado (1996)
  • 1974-06-22 Nicole Juvan, Essex Junction Vermont, Miss America-Vermont (1997)
  • 1974-06-23 Lisa Bamford, Raleigh NC, Miss America-NC (1996)
  • 1974-06-30 Michelle Kang, Fredericksburg Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1997)
  • 1974-07-10 Jennifer Montica Curry, Muscatine Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1996)
  • 1974-08-05 Jamie Lynn Bolding, Lakeland Florida, Miss America-Florida (1997)
  • 1974-08-23 Paula Gaye Montgomery, Cabot Ark, Miss America (Arkansas-3rd-1996)
  • 1974-10-12 Karmyn Tyler, Shreveport Louisiana, Miss America-Louisiana (1996)
  • 1974-11-09 Traci Toguchi, Miss America-Hawaii (1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1975-02-04 Elana Eve Chomiszak, Providence RI, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997)
  • 1975-02-14 Jennifer Michelle Roberts, Greensboro NC, Miss America-NC (1997)
  • 1975-02-27 Dana Marie Lane, Cheyenne Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (1996)
  • 1975-04-21 Angela Michelle Hughes, Anderson SC, Miss America-SC (1997)
  • 1975-05-05 Christine Buschur, Eagle River Alaska, Miss America-Alaska (1997)
  • 1975-08-05 Erin Gingrich, Yuma Arizona, Miss America-Arizona (1997)
  • 1975-08-12 Robyn Hancock, Grand Rapids Ohio, Miss America-Ohio (1997)
  • 1975-10-27 Emily John Orton, Creswell Oregon, Miss America (Oregon-2nd-1996)
  • 1975-10-30 Stephanie Camp, Rapid City SD, Miss America-SD (1997)
  • 1975-11-24 Carly Jarmon, Mesquite Texas, Miss America-Texas (1996)
  • 1976-03-31 Amanda Moody, Orem Utah, Miss America-Utah (1996)
  • 1976-05-23 Melanie Joyce Bell, Vernon New Jersey, Miss America-New Jersey (1997)
  • 1976-06-02 Rachel White, Columbus Nebraska, Miss America-Nebraska (1997)
  • 1976-06-12 Kristin Alicia Beall Ludecke, Eustis Fla, Miss America-Florida (1996)
  • 1976-07-06 Michelle Stanley, Littleton Colorado, Miss America-Colorado (1997)

Famous Weddings

  • 1987-01-03 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-02-02 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), dies at 77
  • 1995-10-01 Margaret Gorman Cahill, 1st Miss America (1921), dies at 90