Louis Armstrong was born on this day in 1901. Here he is with His Hot Seven performing the song that was sent into space as an example of the human race’s great accomplishments: “Melancholy Blues.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.