What Louis Armstrong Learned About Politics During His Middle East Tours

The photo of Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet before the Giza pyramids is iconic — the story behind it, however, is chaotic.

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The U.S. government has done much over the years to warrant the suspicion and paranoia of international political leaders, but in the late ’50s and early ’60s, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser took that paranoia to celestial heights when he accused renowned trumpeter Louis Armstrong of being a spy — and using his “scat” singing to pass secret messages to other spies in the Middle East.

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What We Loved This Week, Jul. 3 – 9

Vintage 1970s New York City photos, China’s massive mosquito breeding project, inside the Steinway piano factory, Ramadan 2016 in photos, and the best ATI photography.

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English Photographer Captures Life In New York City In The 1970s

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Forty years ago, you wouldn’t find a sliver of the New York City that over 8 million people live in today. In the 1970s, today’s gentrified metropolis was nowhere to be found. Instead, there were seedy, drug-infested neighborhoods and a climbing crime rate.

One Brooklyn-based English photographer, Eugene Gannon, captured the city during this time through these color photographs. They reveal that despite the city’s decline, life went on for its inhabitants.

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The Contentious History Of The “Happy Birthday” Song

Up until this year, you were legally bound to pay one of the biggest media companies in the world a fee if you sang “Happy Birthday” in public. Here’s the backstory.


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It’s bigger than the Beatles, Bach, and Beethoven. It’s beloved by children, often reviled by adults, and has been translated into nearly 20 languages. So just what is the omnipresent, divisive item in question?

The “Happy Birthday” song. And despite its ubiquity, its owners have been able to charge royalties for those who sing it for decades.

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