On this day: November 12

Published On: Nov 11 2012 11:33:13 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 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 - William Heffelfinger
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Pro Football Hall of Fame

1892: William "Pudge" Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when he is paid a $500 bonus for helping the Allegheny Athletic Association beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. The game ended in a 4–0 Allegheny win. Heffelfinger scored the game's only touchdown on a recovered fumble.

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