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James Edwards (1919 - 1999)

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James Edwards
1919 - 1999
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August 21, 1919
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June 13, 1999
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Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, Florida 33430
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James Edwards was born on August 21, 1919. He died on June 13, 1999 at age 79. We know that James Edwards had been residing in Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, Florida 33430.
Updated: November 5, 2011
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James Edwards passed away on June 13, 1999 at age 79. He was born on August 21, 1919. We are unaware of information about James' surviving family. We know that James Edwards had been residing in Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, Florida 33430.
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In 1919, in the year that James Edwards was born, Indian lawyer Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Satyagraha campaigns, beginning the nonviolent resistance movement against British rule of India. Satyagraha means "holding onto truth" and the campaign for India independence, which was eventually obtained, called for "self-suffering" rather than inflicting suffering (i.e., violence) on others.

In 1948, at the age of 29 years old, James was alive when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1957, by the time he was 38 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1980, at the age of 61 years old, James was alive when on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

In 1993, he was 74 years old when on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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