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.
2001: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops. By the time Northern Alliance forces arrived in the afternoon of the following day, only bomb craters, burned foliage and the burnt-out shells of Taliban gun emplacements and positions were there to greet them.
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