America gives its Army generals five stars, a family favorite amusement park ride is patented, Dylan plugs in, and Roseanne "sings," all on this day.
1954: Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowler who once held the NFL records for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories, is born in Columbia, Mississippi. The Chicago Bears great, seen here in 1977, won two NFL Most Valuable Player Awards and a championship in Super Bowl XX during his 12-year career. He died from cholangiocarcinoma at age 45 on Nov. 1, 1999, after having struggled with the rare liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis for several months.
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