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.
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Courtesy Dan Shakal
Library of Congress
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