02 September - Dan White, killer of gay official Harvey Milk, is born

If you’re going to be opposed to homosexuality, San Francisco is probably not the best place to be born. But this is where the 'all-American boy' Dan White was raised.

He was not, however, simply some homosexual hating reactionary Republican. He had to resign from the police when he bravely reported another officer for beating a handcuffed black man.

Finding work as a fireman, he entered politics to represent his working class community. It was here that he met the man he would later kill... Read the full Dan White Crime File

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