On This Day

What Happened on July 16, 1957

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Historic ExpeditionJohn Glenn Orbits Earth

US Marine Major John Glenn sets transcontinental speed record (03:28:08)
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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Freedom 7 in 1962
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Freedom 7 in 1962

Famous Birthdays

  • Alan Donnelly, British Labour Party politician, born in Jarrow, England
  • Alexandra Marinina, Russian writer (Igra Na Chuzhom Pole), born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland (d. 2012)