Photo: Blast off!

Buzz Aldrin, in a photo taken by fellow Astronaut Neil Armstrong, with the U.S. flag on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Photo: NASA

On this day 30 years ago, MTV: Music Television went on the air for the first time ever, broadcasting to several thousand subscribers via a northern New Jersey cable system. The first images of the broadcast were a montage of photos and video from the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Apollo 11 moon mission. Over these images were spoken the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll” and a new era in music and entertainment was born.


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Photo: Smoke from above

Smoke billows from the Empire State Building in New York, July 28, 1945, after an Army B-25 bomber en route to Newark Airport crashed into the upper floors of the structure. Fires were started on the top 11 floors of the building. Photo: AP

On this day in 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 Mitchell bomber en route to Newark Airport in New Jersey crashed into the upper floors of the Empire State Building. The plane was originally destined for LaGuardia Airport in New York City but was diverted because of heavy fog.

On a Saturday morning at 9:49 a.m., the low-flying 10-ton bomber flew into the north side of the building at the 79th floor, creating a hole in the building 18 feet wide and 20 feet high. Upon impact, the jet fuel exploded, sending flames through the interior of the building all the way down to the 75th floor. There were 11 people killed in the building plus three crewmen on the plane. The structural integrity of the building was not damaged.

Take a step back in time with this newsreel footage of the incident, complete with antiquated ethnic slurs, overly dramatic music and matter-of-fact commentary on the victims.

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Photo: Heros and villians and monsters, oh my!

Benjamin Schwenk entertains a crowd in his custom-made costume on the last day of the Comic-Con International 2011 convention held in San Diego on Sunday, July 24, 2011. The four-day convention, which started in 1970 to showcase comic books, science fiction, fantasy, film and television, has ballooned into the largest convention in America, attracting well over 100,000 (frequently costumed) attendees each year. Photo: AP/Denis Poroy

Photo: The melting pot

People crowd Hamilton Fish Park pool in Manhattan seeking refuge from a heat wave with air temperatures reaching over 100 degrees and a heat index over 112 degrees in New York City on Friday, July 22, 2011. Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Photo: Home to stay

Space shuttle Atlantis lands for the final time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida during the early morning hours of July 21, 2011. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Before dawn this morning, Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Cape Canaveral, Fla., officially ending NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.

The final flight of the shuttle program, officially titled STS-135, commenced on July 8 with a crew of four astronauts for a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. They delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts and equipment in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, including 2,677 pounds of food that will keep the space station fed for the next year. This morning, Atlantis landed at 5:57 a.m. EDT, after 200 orbits around the Earth.
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Photo: Famine declared in parts of Somalia

Two-year-old Aden Salaad gets a bath at a Doctors Without Borders hospital outside Dadaab, Kenya. He is receiving treatment for malnutrition. Photo: AP/Rebecca Blackwell

Today, the United Nations has declared a famine in parts of southern Somalia, where scorching temperatures and the lack of water and food has spurred thousands of Somalis to refugee camps in neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia. It is the worst famine in the area in nearly 20 years. Poor harvests, lack of rain, infectious disease outbreaks and internal political conflicts are to blame for the escalation of the crisis.

Hillary Clinton issued a written statement after the United Nations announcement pledging $28 million in additional funding for Somalis and Somali refugees in Kenya, where camps initially set up to handle 90,000 are now overflowing with nearly 400,000 people. The U.N. has issued an appeal to the international community for $300 million in aid over the next few months.

For information on how to help, please visit the UNHCR website.

Photo: The heat on the street

Alan Perez takes shelter from the sun while working on a debris removal crew in Joplin, Missouri on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The National Weather Service says the eastern and central states are in for a few hot weeks, and declared excessive heat warnings in 14 states on Sunday. Photo: AP/Charlie Riedel

Photo: Nothing but net

Japan's Saki Kumagai, background, scores the decisive goal past United States goalkeeper Hope Solo during the penalty-shootout of the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 17, 2011. The Japanese women's soccer team won their first World Cup Sunday after defeating USA in a penalty shoot-out. Photo: AP/Frank Augstein

Photo: Shaking hands with a hero

President Barack Obama shakes the prosthetic hand of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry of Santa Fe, N.M., who received the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Petry lost his right hand as he tossed aside a live grenade during a 2008 firefight in Afghanistan, sparing the lives of his fellow Army Rangers. Photo: AP/Charles Dharapak