Harvey Milk

1930 - 1978

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Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk was born and raised in New York, where he acknowledged his homosexuality as an adolescent, but chose to pursue sexual relationships with secrecy and discretion well into his adult years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harvey Milk has received more than 7,123,257 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Harvey Milk is the 5,046th most popular politician (down from 3,197th in 2019), the 1,630th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,050th in 2019) and the 114th most popular American Politician.

Harvey Milk was a gay rights activist and politician who was assassinated in 1978. He is most famous for being the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.

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Among politicians, Harvey Milk ranks 5,046 out of 19,576Before him are Peter I of Aragon and Pamplona, Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg, Vytenis, Muhammad I of Khwarazm, Princess Hélène of Orléans, and Petar Mladenov. After him are Philip I, Prince of Taranto, Biligtü Khan Ayushiridara, Pedro Pires, Saionji Kinmochi, Maria Teresa of Savoy, and García II of Galicia.

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Among people born in 1930, Harvey Milk ranks 97Before him are Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Michal Kováč, Mario Adorf, Edgar Mitchell, Hilderaldo Bellini, and Frank Drake. After him are Itamar Franco, Mauro Ramos, Martin Karplus, José Sarney, John Frankenheimer, and Rod Taylor. Among people deceased in 1978, Harvey Milk ranks 47Before him are Roger Caillois, W. Eugene Smith, Guo Moruo, Hannah Höch, Ida Noddack, and Keith Moon. After him are Georgi Markov, Ignazio Silone, Wadie Haddad, Henry Corbin, Sisavang Vatthana, and Burt Munro.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harvey Milk ranks 1,630 out of 20,380Before him are Mariah Carey (1969), Helen Hayes (1900), Richard Smalley (1943), John Sturges (1910), George C. Scott (1927), and Raymond A. Spruance (1886). After him are Luke Perry (1966), Maria Shriver (1955), Edward W. Morley (1838), Ethel Barrymore (1879), Mary Anderson (1862), and Caroline Kennedy (1957).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Harvey Milk ranks 114Before him are Red Cloud (1822), Kalākaua (1836), Walter Mondale (1928), Alben W. Barkley (1877), Henry L. Stimson (1867), and Conrad Hilton (1887). After him are Caroline Kennedy (1957), Mitt Romney (1947), Chief Seattle (1786), Mark Felt (1913), Mitch McConnell (1942), and Hiram Bingham III (1875).