On This Day

Miss USA in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1979-04-30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA
  • 1980-05-15 Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina crowned 29th Miss USA, goes on to win Miss Universe
  • 1980-07-07 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA
  • 1981-05-21 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
  • 1982-05-13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
  • 1983-05-12 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • 1984-05-17 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA
  • 1985-05-13 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • 1986-05-20 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • 1987-02-17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • 1988-03-01 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • 1989-02-28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
  • 1990-03-03 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1991-02-22 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA
  • 1992-02-07 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
  • 1993-02-19 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
  • 1994-02-11 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • 1995-02-10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • 1995-05-13 Chelsi Smith, 21, of USA, crowned 44th Miss Universe Shanna Lynn Moakler, (19-NY), replaces Chelsi Smith as Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-02-02 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry
  • 1997-02-05 Brook Lee from Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
  • 1997-05-16 Brandi Sherwood (Miss Idaho) replaces Brook Lee as Miss USA when Brook is crowned Miss Universe
  • 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

  • 1944-11-30 Dian Parkinson [Dianna Lynn Batts], American model (The Price Is Right) and Miss USA 1965, born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1951-07-24 Lynda Carter, American actress (Wonder Woman, Sky High) and Miss USA (1973), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1964-03-03 Laura Martinez-Herring, American-Mexican actress (General Hospital) and Miss USA 1985, born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • 1966-08-20 Courtney Gibbs, American actress (Baywatch) and Miss USA 1988, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968-06-11 Staci Baldwin, Miss Washington pageant winner, sued when told 27 too old for compete for Miss USA, born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1971-01-08 Brook Lee, American actress & model (Miss Hawaii 1997, Miss USA 1997, Miss Universe 1997), born in Pearl City, Hawaii

Person of interestAli Landry

1973-07-21 Ali Landry, American actress and pageant winner (Miss USA 1996), born in Cecilia, Louisiana

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry
  • 1975-03-28 Shanna Moakler, American model, beauty queen (Miss USA, 1995), and actress (Pacific Blue; Meet The Barkers), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1975-09-10 Temple Taggart, Miss USA-Utah (Top 6 in 1997) and Donald Trump accuser, born in Cedar City, Utah
  • 1975-12-17 Napiera Danielle Groves, American actress and Miss USA-Washington, D.C. (1997, Miss Congeniality), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1985-12-18 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1977-06-08 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett (39); divorced 1980

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 2004-10-30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-04-08 Former Miss USA and "Eve" actress Ali Landry (32) weds film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (28) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry

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