On this day: November 12

Published On: Nov 12 2012 12:33:13 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 12 2015 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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U.S. Naval Historical Center

1942: During World War II, the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Japanese and American forces in the Solomon Islands, east of Papua New Guinea. The Americans would win a major victory four days later, securing an airfield on the island that had been the focus of fighting since Allied forces took it over in August. In this picture taken from the USS President Adams, smoke can be seen rising from two Japanese aircraft shot down off Guadalcanal during the first day of the naval battle.