Nov. 27, 1978: Harvey Milk shot and killed

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.
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San Francisco mayor George Moscone it was shot and killed a day and a City Hall office minutes later city supervisor Harvey Merle was shot and killed an office down the hall. And what I'm an hour. Attacks a former supervisor who have been trying to get his job back was arrested in that case Ken Kashiwahara has just. Sent. Franciscans were just about getting over the shock of the peoples temple horrors when today's tragedy occurred initial reaction was that the two were connected. They were not inside City Hall supervisor Dan White had gone into C mayor Moscone. I saw a white standing in. There's other this relating to go and see him. They went and let them and they were alone what has happened. Three shots as I understand. White had resigned his supervisor's job several weeks ago saying the pay was too low. But he later changed his mind and last Friday told interviewer Maury Povich he expected to get a job back. When I leave the studio here I'm going went to the city attorney's office and I am very confident. I will be reappointed to my job you save the Jewish or money and start voting. Expect to do that well I think the decision we made before that one way or the other. But mayor Moscone he had decided not to reappoint white it was old job as white had expected bad decision became publicly known shortly before white went in to see them there. It is not known why supervisor Harvey Milk was also revealed no it was a homosexual and freely admitted it. He often became a spokesman for the gay community and campaigned extensively against a ballot proposition which was aimed at homosexuals schoolteachers. Mayor Moscone who had been mayor of San Francisco for three years serving a state senator before that. Only last week he had attended the funeral or congressman Leo Ryan was killed in guy on the ask only called the mood that day like the mood after president Kennedy was assassinated. Today City Hall workers were not only shocked but many were wondering how supervisor white but it carried a gun through the metal detector at the City Hall entrance. Police had no explanation either. While both bodies were being taken to the coroner's office someone put a bouquet of flowers on the steps of City Hall. Which perhaps was a memorial not only for the deaths today but for all the tragedy the city has suffered during the last ten day. Ken Kashiwahara ABC news San Francisco.

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