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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 4: Louis Armstrong


WASHINGTON, August 3 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for August 4 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America Thursday, August 4th. One of the most important figures in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong nicknamed “Satchmo,” was born in New Orleans on this day in 1901. To honor its native son, the city is hosting the Satchmo Summerfest beginning today and running through Sunday. While the exact date of Armstrong’s birth was a subject of confusion for years, his impact on jazz and popular music was never in dispute. His innovative playing helped define not only the jazz trumpet, but jazz itself. Jazz continues to have a relatively small, but loyal group of fans. About 11 percent of adults attend a live jazz performance each year, and jazz accounts for some 3 percent of recordings sold annually. One can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 408, 409 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 1232, 1136


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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