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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White House photo

1979: President Jimmy Carter announces the immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil in response to the Nov. 4 taking of 52 Americans hostage from the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran. Islamic students and militants would hold the hostages until Jan. 20, 1981.