Full Name: John Glenn
Profession: Astronaut and Politician
Why Famous: John Glenn became a national hero when he became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft.
As a politician Glenn served 4 terms as the Democratic Senator for Ohio and in 1984 ran for the Democratic nomination for President.
In 1998 Glen became the oldest person in space at 77 aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
- 1943-04-06 US Marine Corps aviator and astronaut John Glenn (21) weds high school sweetheart Anna Margaret Castor
- 1957-07-16 US Marine Major John Glenn sets transcontinental speed record (03:28:08)
- 1962-02-20 John Glenn become 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7
- 1964-03-30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race
- 1974-12-24 Former US astronaut John Glenn join the Senate for Ohio
- 1998-01-15 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
- 1998-10-29 Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.