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Photo: A royal dilemma

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks through a window during a visit to a new Coca-Cola factory in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, today. Coca-Cola recently announced that it is closing its plant that produces Malvern bottled water, which is the only brand served in the Queen's residences. Photo: AP/Peter Morrison

Photo: Icon on the harbor

On this day in 1973, the Sydney Opera House in New South Wales, Australia opened after 15 years of construction. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007, and is one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who did not attend the opening ceremony because he had resigned from the project before completion over a dispute with the the Minister of Works Davis Hughes. Photo: Richard Taylor

Photo: Right on target

Photo: © KesselsKramer Publishing as seen in Lens Culture.

In the photo book, “In almost every picture #7,” a Dutch woman’s life is documented through the lens of a shooting gallery camera. Every year starting in 1936, Ria van Dijk made her pilgrimage to a shooting gallery where she picked up a gun and shot a target, triggering the shutter of a camera to take per portrait in her firing pose. Not only do we see her evolution from teenager to octogenarian, but we catch a glimpse of the changing times in the fashions and faces of those around her.

To see a slideshow of some of Ria’s photos, visit

Photo: © KesselsKramer Publishing, as seen in Lens Culture.

Photo: Lion around

Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson, a.k.a. the Lion Whisperer, enjoys an afternoon with two of his lions at the Kingdom of the White Lion Park in Broederstroom, near Johannesburg, South Africa. His new film, "White Lion," a story about the perilous journey of a rare white lion cub that escapes becoming a trophy, opens in the U.S. today. Richardson hopes the film will raise awareness of the horrors of "canned lion hunting," a practice where lions raised in captivity are set loose in enclosed areas so they can be gunned down for sport by foreign tourists. Photo: AP/Denis Farrell

Photo: Rocket man

On this day in 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound aboard the experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane. The bullet-shaped plane, nicknamed "Glamorous Glennis" after Yeager's wife, was lifted by a B-29 aircraft to an altitude of 25,000 feet, then released through the bomb bay where it rocketed to 43,000 feet and reached 700 miles per hour (Mach 1.06 at that altitude). Days before the historic flight, Yeager broke two ribs when he fell from a horse, but kept the injury quiet to avoid being pulled from the mission. Photo: U.S. Air Force

Photo: The light of day

Miner Alex Vega, left, hugs his wife after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. He had been trapped with 32 other miners under a half-mile of rock for over two months. Alex was the tenth miner rescued. Photo: AP/Hugo Infante, Chilean government

Photo: Wee blind mice

In October 1609, the song "Three Blind Mice" is published in London. Almost 400 years later, in October 2008, two Americans and a Japanese scientist shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research on a glowing jellyfish protein that revolutionized the ability to study disease and normal development in living organisms, as seen in this photo of a mouse embryo whose tissues are labeled with green and red fluorescent proteins. Photo: AP Photo/MSKCC, Gloria Kwon, Kat Hadjantonakis

Photo: Happy Birthday John!

On Saturday, John Lennon would have turned 70 years old. He is pictured here wearing the now iconic New York City T-shirt in 1974. Photo: Bob Gruen/PRNewsFoto/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex

There is a free screening of the American Masters film”LENNONYC” on Saturday, October 9, 2010, 7 p.m. at the Central Park Summer Stage. The film explores Lennon’s life in New York City during the 1970s as a father, husband, activist and artist. For more information, click here!

Photo: Then and now

A portrait of Lahwee standing with a photo of himself as a young Muay Thai boxer. At 64 years of age, he still instructed part-time in Bangkok, when he was not driving a cab. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" due to the use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes (eight points of contact). The fighting art has been around over a thousand years, and Muay Thai practitioners typically begin training at a very young age. Photo: Ronn Aldaman