Miss America in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 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; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • 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 (Minnesota), 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1995-11-07 Howard Stern's second 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
  • 2018-06-05 Miss America pageant announces an end to its swimsuit competition
  • 2018-09-09 Nia Franklin representing New York crowned Miss America 2019, first competition without a swimsuit section
  • 2019-05-02 For the first time all major US pageants won by black women after Cheslie Kryst wins Miss USA. joining Nia Franklin Miss America and Kaliegh Garris Miss Teen USA

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 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 (d. 2014)
  • 1928-11-29 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 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, Miss America (1971) and sportscaster (CBS), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 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 Williams, American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1964-11-21 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Miss America (1991), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1965-09-19 Debbye Turner, Miss America (1990) and TV host, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1966-06-21 Gretchen Carlson, American television commentator (Fox News) and 1989 Miss America, born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1970-12-28 Elizabeth McIntyre, Miss West Virginia (1996), born in Dunbar, West Virginia
  • 1971-09-16 Shawntel Smith, American beauty pageant (Miss America (1996)), born in Muldrow, Oklahoma
  • 1972-02-14 Erika Rachael Schwarz, Miss America (Louisiana-2nd-1997), born in Folsom, Louisiana
  • 1972-02-24 Patricia Regan Leines, American model and 3rd in Miss America 1997, born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1973-10-27 Monica Louwerens, Canadian-American actress (Power Rangers) and Miss America-Mississippi (Top 10, 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1988-09-14 Kirsten Haglund, American activist and beauty queen (Miss America 2008), born in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Weddings in Film & TV

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 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
  • 2014-12-14 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90
  • 2016-02-22 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, dies at 87
  • 2020-05-14 Phyllis George, Miss America (1971) sportscaster (CBS) 1st Lady of Kentucky(1979-83, dies of a blood disorder at 70