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.

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1920: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (seated) is elected the first commissioner of baseball's American and National Leagues. In the wake of the 1919 World Series "Black Sox" scandal, Landis was given full power to act in the sport's best interest, and used that power extensively over the next quarter-century. Landis, who would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by a special vote shortly after his death in 1944, was widely praised for cleaning up the game.