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In today’s pictures, baseball players remember Jackie Robinson in Boston, North Korea marks an anniversary, a man goes face-to-face with a sculpture in Paris, and more.

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Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the first 4 months of 2012. Parts II and III to follow this week. -- Paula Nelson ( 64 photos total)
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s photographs of airplanes are currently being shown at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Milstein has been fascinated with the modern jet since childhood, earning his pilot’s license while he was a teenager. He loved hanging around the end of the runway at Los Angeles International Airport, feeling that he chould almost touch the planes as they went by. He still loves spending time on the runway, and often shoots the aircraft as they are flying directly overhead at close to 200 mph. Mr. Milstein: “I shoot mostly at LAX, as the planes are coming in for landing. I hand hold a Contax 645 camera body with a Phase One digital back… After capturing the image I mask and neutralize the sky so as to show only the aircraft in perfect symmetry. This isolates it like a portrait.” “AirCraft: The Jet as Art,” is on view through Nov. 25.

Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor

Air Canada Boeing 767


EVA Boeing 747

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

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WOMEN MOURN: Relatives of alleged militant Mohammed Daher, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike, mourned at his funeral in Gaza City Tuesday. Airstrikes and rocket fire ebbed as an Egypt-brokered cease-fire took hold, ending days of cross-border violence that killed at least 24 Palestinians. (Mahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

JET SLIP: A Delta Air Lines plane rolled off a taxiway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport early Tuesday. Mechanics were testing the Boeing 737’s engines when they experienced a braking-system problem around 5 a.m., officials said. No passengers were onboard; no injuries were reported. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Associated Press)

HEAD DOWN: A hearing-impaired girl cried after her ears were cleaned during an event held by Starkey Hearing Foundation in Gulu, Uganda, Tuesday. (Xavier Toya/Reuters)

FIREWORKS FOG: People made their way through a cloud of smoke from fireworks during the Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday. The festival commemorates St. Joseph. (Kai Foersterling/European Pressphoto Agency)

EXPLOSIVE SOUND: A man winced as another fired a weapon during the funeral of Mohammed Daher, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City Tuesday. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

FATAL FERRY CRASH: Relatives gathered near the bodies of ferry-crash victims after a ferry carrying about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the Meghna River, south of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are missing. (Shariful Islam/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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