On this day: November 12

POSTED: 09:33 PM PST Nov 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 11, 2014 

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 - Flight 587
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2001: In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground. While the crash initially raised concerns of terrorism, the National Transportation Safety Board would instead attribute the disaster to the first officer's overuse of rudder controls in response to wake turbulence released by a Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400.

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