May 15, 1942: In a typical publicity stunt, someone from showman Earl Carroll’s operation offered to select Caltech’s beauty queen. Nobody told them that the campus was all-male (oooh girls can’t be engineers!). So the young men decided to have a drag beauty contest with assistance of some women from the Pasadena Playhouse.
And Disney composer Frank Church, who wrote “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf,” commits suicide after suffering a mental breakdown.
The Times reported that Jack Warren, Pete Lambert and Georgia Osgood got themselves made up in drag and submitted glamour photos to the contest. It was a difficult choice, apparently, but Carroll declared Warren the winner.