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Hurricane Irene Aftermath — At Least 44 Dead and Millions Without Power [VIDEO]

Cleanup efforts have begun in communities that were devastated by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Although trucks and supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are en route, access to some areas has been cut off by floodwaters that washed out or damaged roads and bridges.

“Irene was gonna land somewhere. We’re not Manhattan, our small streams quickly became big rivers,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told The Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer. “We’ve lost churches, homes and historic bridges. But we will rebuild.”

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This Day in History for August 31 – Princess Diana Dies and More

1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west (More info)

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims, is murdered (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 24 – Cal Ripken, Jr., Rupert Grint and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Age: 51
Occupation: Retired Professional Baseball Player
Known For: Holding the record for most consecutive games played and being widely considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen ever

Rupert Grint
Age: 23
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing ginger-haired Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise

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Mount Etna Volcano in Italy Blows Rare Smoke Rings [VIDEO]

Can you blow a smoke ring? Mount Etna, the volcano in Italy, can.

Recent YouTube footage captured the volcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, puffing out rings of smoke that look amazingly graceful and huge.

This is a rare event: smoke rings from Mount Etna were first noticed in 1970 and ag

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See Seven Years of 9/11 Memorial Construction in 90 Seconds [VIDEO]

The National September 11 Memorial will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month. Workers have been toiling at the site for seven years, but this time-lapse video crunches it all down to just a minute and a half.

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Where Are MTV’s Most Popular VJs Now?

On August 1, 1981, television and music shacked up on a little cable channel called MTV, hosted by a collective of video jockeys or “VJs.” MTV has been through countless iterations and format changes ever since and as it shifted its focus to reality fare like 'Jersey Shore' and 'Teen Mom' in recent years, the VJs became less instrumental to the channel's brand.

As MTV turns 30 today, let's take a loo

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MTV Launched 30 Years Ago Today; Where Were You? [VIDEO]

MTV Launch 1981 (YouTube)

Do you remember watching the debut of MTV on August 1, 1981?

It was revolutionary at the time, a TV channel playing nothing but music. From the comments on the You Tube page, a lot of people, including myself, would love the channel to get back to playing all music videos rather than all the reality shows.

Ultimate Classic Rock has posted footage from their first day of broadcasting, complete with vintage commercials.

Can you name the original five veejays on MTV? How about the first TWO videos Music Television played?

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Indian Village at Cheyenne Frontier Days (Michael Smith/Getty)
Indian Village at Cheyenne Frontier Days (Michael Smith/Getty)
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It’s Not All About Cowboys at Cheyenne Frontier Days: Visit the Indian Village

Have you ever visited the Indian Village at Frontier Park during Cheyenne Frontier Days?

Everything is not just about the cowboys at CFD, since the second "Daddy of 'em All" in 1898, Native Americans have been given space at the western celebration.

In the 1960's, a permanent campground was created at the southeast corner of Frontier Park.

Visitors get an instant lesson in Native American history; see their teepees, watch their dances in colorful costumes, hear their music and taste the Indian Fry Bread. Several booths and exhibits offer crafts and hand-made jewelry.

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Unable to find a traditional model for his revealing swimsuit, Réard employed 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to model his bikini at at a beauty contest in Paris. Credit: Getty Images
Unable to find a traditional model for his revealing swimsuit, Réard employed 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to model his bikini at at a beauty contest in Paris. Credit: Getty Images
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Secrets of the Bikini: A History Guide [PHOTOS]

Though the bikini made waves when it first appeared in the late 1940s, the origins of the revealing two-piece date back much further. Similar garments were worn by female Grecian athletes as far back as 1400 BC, while primitive artworks from Asian Minor push the garment back another 4000 years. 

'Buzz' Aldrin Standing on the Moon (Neil Armstrong/NASA/Getty)
'Buzz' Aldrin Standing on the Moon (Neil Armstrong/NASA/Getty)
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Grateful Memories of Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20, 1969

Where were you on the evening of July 20, 1969?

If you were around that night, chances are you were watching Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon.

Last night I was eating a roast beef sandwich and to me, Arby's and Apollo 11 always go together. The Summer of 1969 we were taking a family vacation to Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. We were driving back home through Denver and stopped for dinner. Inside the restaurant they had a small TV everyone was watching, showing coverage of the historic moon landing.

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Babe Ruth Debuts and More
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This Day in History for July 11 – Babe Ruth Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1798 – The United States Marine Corps is re-established after being disbanded following the Revolutionary War (More info)

1804 – Former US Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel (More info)

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