Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.

This Day in History

On July 6, 1971 Louis Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, died at the age of 69. A world-renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist, he was born into poverty in New Orleans and learned the cornet when he was incarcerated in a Boys’ Home for firing a gun into the air on New Year’s eve. He went on to become one of the best jazz trumpet players in the world with a style all his own.

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