1978 November 27

Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone Assassinated in San Francisco


An openly gay man, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (the equivalent of city council in other cities) on November 7, 1977. After moving to San Francisco in 1972, Milk quickly became a leader in the emerging lesbian and gay community centered in the Castro District of the city, and became known as “the Mayor of Castro Street.”

As a city supervisor (the equivalent of city council member in other cities), Milk was responsible for the passage of  a strong gay rights ordinance for the city. On this day, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, who had resigned his position as Supervisor.

Harvey Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

See and hear a Harvey Milk speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzQ3NFXwpV8

Learn more: Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (2008)

Learn more about the trial of the murderer, Dan White: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/milk/milkhome.html

Watch the Hollywood film, Milkhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013753/?ref_=sr_1 (2008)

Or watch the independent film: The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

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