Former American politician George Moscone was killed three days after his 49th birthday, by his fellow politician, Dan White.
White had earlier resigned from the Board of Supervisors, and was seeking a reappointment.
Moscone, who was Mayor, had tried to reconsider reinstating, but “liberal city leaders, including Supervisor Harvey Milk”, kicked against the idea.
As a result, White sneaked into San Francisco City Hall through a basement window to meet with Moscone, where he shot him and Harvey Milk with a revolver.
White turned himself to the police, but after what seemed like a lenient judgement of a mere five-year imprisonment for a murder case, White was released from custody.
His release had sparked a nationwide protest. However, White committed suicide shortly after in 1985.
The Moscone Center, San Francisco’s largest convention center and exhibition hall, is named in his honor.
Also, the George Moscone Elementary, Harvey Milk Elementary and Harvey Milk High School, were named after Moscone and Milk.
Who assassinated George Moscone?
Moscone was assassinated by late American politician Dan White, who eventually committed suicide.
Who Was George Moscone?
George Moscone was an American attorney and Political Democrat.
Moscone, whose nickname was “The People’s Mayor” became the 37th mayor of San Francisco in January 1976 until his assassination in November 1978.
At the beginning of his political career, Moscone was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he advocated for the poor, racial minors and small business owners.
Moscone had graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and served in the Navy, before he began private practice in 1956.
Before he became Mayor, Moscone served as a majority leader in the California State Senate from 1967 to 1976.
He is remembered for commissioning City Hall and appointing African Americans, Asian Americans, and gay people, in order to portray the diversity of San Francisco. He is also remembered for advocating for the peoples’ progress.
Moscone died by assassination on November 27, 1978, in California, at the age of 49.