White Night riots  

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The White Night Riots, beginning on May 21, 1979, comprised two events: The first was the San Francisco, California, gay community's response to the minimal sentence given to former policeman, firefighter then San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White for killing George Moscone (then Mayor of San Francisco) and Harvey Milk (an openly gay supervisor of San Francisco), in November 1978. It began as a peaceful but angry march from the Castro District to City Hall, but turned into a riot after it reached its destination. Acting mayor Dianne Feinstein addressed the crowd as did Supervisor Carol Ruth Silver, alleged to be one of Dan White's targets, in attempts to defuse the crowd's frustration with the judge's sentencing Dan White to only seven years in prison.

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