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Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. There he was hospitalized for more than a week. He had two major career paths that often intersected-flying and politics, and he soared in both of them. He became the first U.S. astronaut to the Earth.  He is an all-American hero and propelled a long career in the U.S. Senate.

John Glenn, legendary NASA astronaut

John Glenn, Legendary NASA Astronaut

John Glenn, legendary NASA astronaut

John Glenn Columbus International Airport

John Glenn Columbus International Airport

John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Year Wise Timeline

  • March 1942 - Enlists in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program.
  • April 1959 - NASA selects Glenn as one of seven astronauts for Project Mercury.
  • 1962 - Becomes the first American to orbit Earth, circling the globe three times in four hours and 56 minutes.
  • 1965-1970 - Serves as vice president and then president of Royal Crown Cola.
  • 1987-1995 - Serves as chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
  • 1998 - A 77-year-old Glenn becomes the oldest person ever to venture into space.
  • May 29, 2012 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in the White House.
  • May 2014 - Undergoes successful heart valve replacement surgery.
  • April 24, 2015 - ceremony for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
  • June 28, 2016 - Attends a ceremony celebrating the renaming of the Port Columbus Airport to John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
  • 2016 - Dies in Columbus, Ohio.
John Glenn Portrait Senator

John Glenn Portrait Senator

John Glenn Portrait Senator

About Legend

  • Born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio.
  • Glenn’s goal of becoming a commercial pilot was changed by World War II.
  • He was a fighter pilot in two wars, and as a test pilot.
  • He set a transcontinental speed record.
  • He later served 24 years in the Senate from Ohio.
  • A rare setback was a failed 1984 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Glenn was the ultimate and uniquely American space hero.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 9, 2016

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