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Title
A Day of Mourning
Creator
Sahl, Ted (photographer)
Date Created and/or Issued
1978
Contributing Institution
San José State University, Special Collections and Archives
Collection
Ted Sahl Collection
Rights Information
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Description
The Moscone-Milk assassinations were the killings of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, who were shot and killed in San Francisco City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White on November 27, 1978. White was angry that Moscone refused to re-appoint him to his just-resigned Board of Supervisor's seat, and that Milk heavily lobbied against the re-appointment. Milk was (according to Time magazine) "the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet," leading to speculation from within the LGBT community as well as media and political circles that his assassination was a hate crime. These events also accelerated the political career of Dianne Feinstein, one of White's allies on the Board, who became mayor of San Francisco and eventually U.S. Senator for California. White was subsequently convicted of voluntary manslaughter, rather than of first degree murder. The verdict sparked the "White Night riots" in San Francisco, and led to the state of California abolishing the diminished capacity criminal defense. It also led to the urban legend of the "Twinkie defense," as many media reports had incorrectly described the defense as having attributed White's diminished capacity to the effects of sugar-laden junk food. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscone-Milk_assassinations
Bound book of photographs created by Ted Sahl of the memorial service of Mayor George R. Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Type
image
Format
image/jpeg
Extent
Various
Identifier
http://digitalcollections.sjlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/sjsusahl/id/389
Language
English
Subject
Actresses
Coffins
Flower arrangements
Funeral processions
Funeral rites & ceremonies
Grief
Honor guards
Law Enforcement officers
Memorial works
Musicians
Priests
Baez, Joan
Milk, Harvey
Moscone, George, -1978
McRae, Carmen
Place
San Francisco
California
Source
Ted Sahl Photograph Collection

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