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Harvey Milk

American Politician Harvey Milk

Profession: American Politician

United States of America

Why Famous: The first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Milk served almost 11 months in office until he was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

During his time in office Milk was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city and became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community.

Born: May 22, 1930
Birthplace: Woodmere, New York, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: November 27, 1978 (aged 48)
Cause of Death: Assassination

Events in the Life of Harvey Milk

  • 1978-01-08 Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California
  • 1978-11-27 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall

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