#177 Harvey Milk / Kenny Ball – 22 May 1930

Harvey Milk

Photo by Daniel Nicoletta

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) 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. Milk served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

Kenny Ball

Kenny Ball (born Kenneth Daniel Ball, 22 May 1930, Ilford, Essex, England) is an English jazz musician, best known as the lead trumpet player in Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. Their traditional, 1960s hits like “Samantha” and “Midnight in Moscow”, remain popular today.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Ball

Also born on this day
Marisol Escobar, otherwise known simply as Marisol, is a sculptor born in Paris.
Agustín Tosco was an Argentine union leader.
Leon Ehrenpreis was a mathematician at Temple University.
Glenn Allison is an American professional ten-pin bowler.
Dino Sanlorenzo is an Italian politician, and a member of the Italian Communist Party.
Geraldine Warrick-Crisman was the first black president of American Women in Radio and Television.

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