On this day: November 1

Published: Nov 01 2012 01:34:18 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 01 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Sistine Chapel's ceiling is unveiled, the National Weather Service makes its first forecast, the U.S. explodes its first hydrogen bomb, and Honda opens its first U.S. factory, all on this day.

OTD November 1 - Walter Payton
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1999: 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, dies from cholangiocarcinoma at age 45 in South Barrington, Illinois. Payton had been struggling with the rare liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis for several months at the time of his death. The Chicago Bears great won two NFL Most Valuable Player Awards and a championship in Super Bowl XX during his 12-year career.

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