Milestones: Jan. 19, 1970

Died. James Edwards, 51, black actor who gained fame in Home of the Brave (1949), one of the first Hollywood productions to recognize and deal openly with the theme of American racism; of a heart attack; in San Diego. In the movie Edwards portrayed a black G.I. hospitalized by a wartime mental breakdown, examining his feelings toward the three whites—one hopelessly bigoted —who accompanied him on the traumatic mission in the Pacific. On Broadway he played in Deep Are the Roots and accumulated other notable credits for his screen roles in Bright Victory,...