Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Nov. 27, 1978
Twenty-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.