History of Atlantic City

While Atlantic City is known for its dazzling casino resorts and exclusive activities, the city's enriched history is reflected in every corner throughout our seaside destination.  Atlantic City welcomes all groups to learn about the important figures and events that have impacted our local communities and created revolutionary change.

1870 
First Boardwalk opens in Atlantic City 

1880
Salt Water Taffy was created

1900
Chicken Bone Beach was established

1903
The golf term “Birdie” was created at Atlantic City Country Club

1913
Sarah Spencer Washington started a hairdressing business in Atlantic City later became a millionaire black businesswoman who founded the Apex News & Hair Company

1919
The name “airport” was coined in Atlantic City to designate its airfield, Edward L. Bader Field

1920
Diving Horse act was introduced to the Steel Pier
Enoch L. "Nucky" Johnson started operations 

1921
First Miss America, Margaret Gorman, was crowned 

1935
Monopoly the board game based on Atlantic City was created 

1950
Art Dorrington became the first African American hockey player

1964
Democratic National Convention was held at Boardwalk Hall

1977
The first casino, Resorts International, opens

1984
City’s first African American mayor, James L. Usry, elected

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