On the final leg of their royal tour, Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited a Calgary Stampede preview during a government of Canada reception in Calgary, Alberta, July 7, 2011.
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day attend the premiere of the film, "Horrible Bosses" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on July 30, 2011.
After four yeas of service in the esteemed position, Robert Gates retired as the 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense. The Armed Forces Farewell Ceremony took place at the Pentagon River Parade Field in Arlington, Virginia.
More than 700 business, government and non-profit leaders are participating in the two-day meeting, which is the first Clinton Global Initiative event to focus exclusively on driving job creation and economic growth in the United States. UPI/Brian Kersey
Chinese models dressed in fancy wedding gowns and adorned with costume jewelry attend the 2011 China Hair and Beauty Expo in Beijing on June 29, 2011. The models, along with their sponsors, will compete for the 'Best Hair and Beauty" award during the expo. The annual expo provides a platform allowing worldwide beauty and cosmetic manufacturers to introduce their products to buyers in China's massive cosmetic market.
President Barack Obama held a press conference covering a range of topics from the war in Libya, the increasingly tense negotiations on the debt ceiling and the legalization of gay marriage in New York.
The People's Liberation Army, the world's largest single military, consists of roughly three million members, 2.25 million of which are active. As it's economy has flourished, so has its military, with spending increasing by about 10 percent annually over the past 15 years. Though there are concerns over the size, scope and continually-improving technology of the PLA, the most recent of which were sparked by the official confirmation of the imminent completion of its first aircraft carrier, it's important to note the U.S. military budget is still seven times the size of China's.
Whether it be the pressures of fame, the need to remain in the spotlight, a natural predilection of the rich and famous to alter their identities or just coincidence born from the media's magnifying glass, some of the most well-known names in the world at one point held a different moniker.
Space Shuttle "Discovery" is being prepared for retirement at the Kennedy Space Center. Following its last mission, STS 133, NASA technicians have been "cleaning" the orbiter for display at the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles International Airport.
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