On this date in 1921, the first Miss America beauty contest, a two day event, was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The First Miss America was Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C. Father Neptune and the Mermaids opened the contest, arriving on a barge. Father Neptune was 80 year old Hudson Maxim, the inventor of smokeless gun powder. Atlantic City merchants started the contest to get people to stay at the beach past Labor Day. Bearwiskers has heard Angel Bear is a beauty contest winner!