Birmingham Commissioner of Public SafetyDied when: 75 years 242 days (907 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor (July 11, 1897 – March 10, 1973) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, for more than two decades.
He strongly opposed the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.Under the city commission government, Connor had responsibility for administrative oversight of the Birmingham Fire Department and the Birmingham Police Department, which also had their own chiefs.
Bull Connor enforced legal racial segregation and denied civil rights to black citizens, especially during 1963's Birmingham campaign, led by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
He became an international symbol of institutional racism and police brutality, largely due to his directing of the widespread use of fire hoses and police attack dogs against civil rights activists, including against children supporting the protests.
National media broadcast these tactics on television, horrifying much of the country.The outrages served as catalysts for major social and legal change in the Southern United States and contributed to passage by the United States Congress of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.