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Harvey Milk

American Politician Harvey Milk

Profession: American Politician

United States of America

Biography: 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: Assassinated by fellow Supervisor Dan White

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Historical Events

  • 1971-05-21 White Night riots occur in San Francisco after Dan White is given a lenient sentence for assassinating Mayor George Moscone and the openly gay elected official 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
  • 1979-05-21 Dan White convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay councilor Harvey Milk. The conviction on a lesser charge outraged the gay community and led to the White Night riots.

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