Nov. 24, 1929 San Francisco San Francisco County California, USA
Nov. 27, 1978 San Francisco San Francisco County California, USA
In 1976 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone appointed Harvey Milk to the Board of Permit Appeals. Milk fought for and won San Francisco's gay rights ordinance despite antigay city supervisor Dan White. White resigned from the Moscone administration but wanted his job back. Moscone turned him down and on November 27, 1978, White shot and killed both Moscone and Milk. That same night 40,000 people holding candles marched into the streets of San Francisco in their honor. During his funeral his body lay in state along side Milk's. The assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk ended up launching the political career of California Senator Diane Feinstein. Feinstein became Mayor of San Francisco after the assassination of Moscone. In 1990 she ran for Governor of California and lost a close election to Republican Senator Pete Wilson. In 1992, she was elected to the United States Senate taking the seat vacated by Wilson when he became Governor.