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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1927: Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union.