On this day: November 12

Published On: Nov 12 2012 12:33:13 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 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.

OTD November 12 - Song of the South
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Walt Disney Productions

1946: The Disney animated movie "Song of the South" premieres in Atlanta, Ga. The film, based on the "Uncle Remus" stories by Joel Chandler Harris, features live actors as Uncle Remus tells the folk tales of Br'er Rabbit and his friends, who are depicted in animated sequences. Although the movie features the Oscar-winning song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," frequently used by Disney to this day, and inspired the Disney theme park attraction Splash Mountain, the company has never released the movie in its entirety on home video in the United States, due to content Disney executives worried would be considered politically incorrect or racist toward black people. In March 2010, Disney CEO Robert Iger called the film "antiquated" and "fairly offensive."

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