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May 22, 1979 - Verdicts & Executions.

May 22, 1979 - Verdicts & Executions. San Francisco erupts in night of violence after jury convicts Dan White of Voluntary Manslaughter, rather than Murder of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Florida gets ready to execute John Spenkelink and Willie Darden, the first executions in the state since 1964. Canadian Parliamentary elections set with Pierre Elliot Trudeau facing Joe Clark in a neck-and-neck race. Gas rationing proves successful in California. And the Grand Jury meets to decide fate on Bert Lance.

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Some scars just didn't heal.

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With a Guilty verdict for Voluntary Manslaughter, rather than the hoped for Guilty of Murder, convicted killer of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, Dan White, triggered a night of violence that saw scores of arrests and some 60 Policeman injured as San Francisco's Gay community vented its outrage at what was considered almost an acquittal. The fallout from the verdicts and the damage done, primarily to relations between the City and the Gay Community, would have long term and lasting affects.

Another set of protests went on in the wake of executions of convicted killers John Spenkelink and Willie Darden in Florida - the first to be held in that state since 1964. At the time of this broadcast, appeals were still pending.

Also pending was the outcome of elections in Canada which, according to polls, was a neck-and-neck race between incumbent Pierre Elliot Trudeau and challenger Joe Clark.

Secretary of State Vance went on a meet-and-greet with members of newly elected Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government while on a visit to London.

On Capitol Hill - Ethics hearings were continuing for Herman Talmadge and a Grand Jury were meeting to determine what would happen next in the brewing scandal of Bert Lance.

And California may become the first state to relax it's odd-even Gas rationing since it was being better-than-good about reduced driving and consumption, resulting in more plentiful gas supplies. Like the oil companies really cared.

And so went this particular May 22 in 1979 - an Even Day, if you were sitting at a gas station on Empty. All reported on The CBS World News Roundup.

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