Daily Archives: September 17, 2013

Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America 30 years ago this hour (1983)

Video: 'Miss America 1984 - Crowning Moment'

(Saturday, September 17, 1983, 10:50 p.m. EDT) — Miss New York, Venessa Williams, was crowned Miss America 1984 tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the first black woman to win the title in the 62-year history of the pageant. The following July, she also became the first Miss America to resign in the wake of her “Penthouse” magazine scandal.