Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Nov. 27, 1978

milk.jpgTwenty-eight years ago today, an unbalanced San Francisco former cop and firefighter turned politician, Dan White, entered San Francisco’s City Hall through an unguarded basement window. Going upstairs to the second floor, he shot liberal Mayor George Moscone at his desk, then walked across City Hall, reloading his pistol, and assasinated Supervisor Harvey Milk (pictured).

This event led, among other things, to Board of Supervisors President Dianne Feinstein becoming mayor, leading to her eventual career as a US senator. The assassination also led to a greater politicization of queer people in San Francisco and across the nation; Feinstein appointed Harry Britt to fill Milk’s seat and San Francisco has had at least one gay member of the Board of Supervisors ever since.

A nice tribute piece by Paul Hogarth, Harvey Milk’s legacy, 28 years later, appears on Beyond Chron today.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nancy (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

    The incident also culminated in the now famous Twinkie Defense, dubbed after White’s defense that an improper diet attributed to his “uncontrollable” actions that day.

  2. Jess H (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    Great post. I only recently figured out that Milk’s camera shop was at 575 Castro. For some reason I wasn’t Googling correctly and couldn’t find the address anywhere. We were standing outside of Anchor Oyster Bar two weeks ago waiting for a table and I noticed the plaque.

  3. Mark (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    Yes, and in fact, here’s a flickr posting of the storefront today:
    Please notice, painted on the wall at the second story level, a mural depicting Harvey leaning out the “window” and smiling down.

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