On this day: November 12

Published On: Nov 12 2012 12:33:13 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 12 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

The Loch Ness Monster smiles for the camera -- sort of, Ellis Island closes, actor William Holden passes away, and Madonna releases "Like a Virgin," all on this day.

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NASA

1984: Astronauts execute the first salvage operation in space when a Palapa B-2 satellite is retrieved by space shuttle Discovery. The following day the crew of Discovery recovered the Westar 6 satellite as well and both would be returned to Earth inside the shuttle's cargo bay on Nov. 16.