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The day in photos from around the world.
On February 20, 1902, the famous western photographer, Ansel Adams, was born in San Francisco. Adams’s dramatic black and white images of Yosemite and the West are some of the most widely recognized and admired photographs of the 20th century.
“At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been a visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans.” – President James E. Carter, presenting Ansel Adams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dragon and lion dancers performed in bustling and noisy Chinatowns in Southeast Asian capitals, where ethnic Chinese trooped to temples to burn incense sticks and offer prayers.
The Year of the Sheep, known variably as the Year of the Goat or Ram, is celebrated during the seven-day holiday, which started Wednesday. Unlike the previous Year of the Horse, which was generally considered to be an auspicious time, this year, according to some astrologists, would bring a volatile economy, more transport accidents and windy natural disasters.
This Sunday with be the 87th Academy Awards better known as the Oscars. The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and are voted on by their members. Through the years there have been many memorable moments on Oscar night as represented by these images.
In 1909, The Sun described the perception of the falls as, “crooked as a ram’s horn, erratic in its behavior and dirty, it is intimately connected with the city’s history and it will probably be in existence when the city itself is dead and forgotten.
The 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held at Madison Square Garden on February 16-17, 2015. The event featured 192 dog breeds and drew nearly 3,000 global competitors.
Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, handled by William Alexander, won “Best in Show” on Tuesday night.
In the past year, Howard County Times Sports has profiled four high school teams in an all-access documentary series. And this winter, River Hill’s wrestling team — helmed by alumnus coach Brandon Lauer, who was undefeated through 111 matches and three state championships in high school — was the focus of the latest piece.
We followed the team through a practice and preparations for one of their biggest matches of the year, a rivalry dual bout with Glenelg. More on the production below.