Louis Armstrong Arrested 101 Years Ago

New Year’s Eve was a historic day in Louis Armstrong’s life and it was 101 years ago tonight that Louis got arrested for shooting off his stepfather’s pistol (loaded with blanks) during the evening’s celebration. Sent to the Colored Waif’s Home, Little Louis learned the cornet and… the rest is history!

Here is how the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported the arrest of the “old offender” that evening. H/T to the Louis Armstrong House Museum.