November 30, 1978 – The end of a long and painful week for the city of San Francisco. First came the mass suicide of People’s Temple members in Jonestown Guiana, many of whom were San Francisco residents. Then came the murder deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. And then came the lengthy and wrenching confession to those murders by fellow Supervisor Dan White. All this, while a city prepared to bury Moscone and Milk and hear harrowing tales from Jonestown survivors, those few who escaped, were arriving back home in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Dan White had laid the entire murder of Moscone and Milk out in detail, while the city prepared to bury George Moscone. Planned was High Mass later this day, along with burial at San Francisco’s Holy Cross Cemetery. The nigh before, at the rosary service, Moscone’s widow and daughter broke down, overcome with grief.
The murders, along with the mass suicides of the People’s Temple members, many of whome were San Francisco residents, deeply depressed the city as a whole. The numbers of people calling Suicide prevention hotlines in the city spiked dramatically in recent days with troubled people seeking counseling.
Meanwhile in China, another and perhaps unwanted chapter in China’s developing story of Democracy; Chinese Style. News of about 2,000 young people rallying to criticize as unbelievable the decision not to make any changes in the country’s leadership. They reportedly expressed “great disappointment” over the failure to scrap the April 1976 resolution that promoted Qua-quo Feng to the Premiership, even though another 1976 resolution, which temporarily purged Deng Xiao Ping, apparently had been rescinded as of this week. Reporters also noted new wall postings on city streets opposing the call for an end to the criticism of Mao Tse-Tung.
All that, and a whole lot more for this November 30th in 1978 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.