On this day: November 12

Published On: Nov 11 2012 11:33:13 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 12 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Sammy Sosa
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1968: Baseball player Sammy Sosa, who achieved national fame with Mark McGwire in 1998 for their home run-hitting race in pursuit of Roger Maris' home run record, is born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. Sosa would finish the 1998 season second to McGwire, hitting 66 home runs to his 70, and would finish his career in 2007 with a total of 609 home runs, making him only the fifth player in MLB history to hit more than 600 career home runs.

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