Harvey Milk

Born May 22, 1930

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on May 22, 1930.


1947 17 Years Old Milk graduated from Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York, in 1947 and attended New York State College for Teachers in Albany (now the State University of New York at Albany) from 1947 to 1951, majoring in mathematics. … Read More


1955 25 Years Old In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade. … Read More
1956 26 Years Old In 1956, he met Joe Campbell, at the Jacob Riis Park beach, a popular location for gay men in Queens. … Read More


1962 32 Years Old In 1962 Milk became involved with Craig Rodwell, who was 10 years younger. … Read More
1964 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He started a romantic relationship with Jack Galen McKinley, and recruited him to work on conservative Republican Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. … Read More


1970 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Milk became more interested in political and civic matters when he was faced with civic problems and policies he disliked. One day in 1973, a state bureaucrat entered Milk's shop Castro Camera and informed him that he owed $100 as a deposit against state sales tax. … Read More
1974 44 Years Old …  Milk organized the Castro Street Fair in 1974 to attract more customers to the area. … Read More
1975 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Although he was a newcomer to the Castro District, Milk had shown leadership in the small community. He was starting to be taken seriously as a candidate and decided to run again for supervisor in 1975. … Read More
1976 46 Years Old Keeping his promise to Milk, newly elected Mayor George Moscone appointed him to the Board of Permit Appeals in 1976, making him the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States. … Read More
1977 47 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On election day, November 8, 1977, he won by 30% against sixteen other candidates, and after his victory became apparent, he arrived on Castro Street on the back of his campaign manager's motorcycle—escorted by Sheriff Richard Hongisto—to what a newspaper story described as a "tumultuous and moving welcome". … Read More
…  On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned to pursue a private business enterprise but who had sought his position back after that endeavor failed. … Read More
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