On this day: November 12

POSTED: 12:33 AM Nov 12 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Nov 12 2013

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 - My Lai massacre
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Library of Congress

1969: During the Vietnam War, independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the story on the My Lai massacre, the March 16, 1968, mass murder of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam by United States Army soldiers. Hersh would win the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his work in reporting on the massacre and its cover-up.

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