On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1962

Historical Events


Historic ExpeditionJohn Glenn Orbits Earth

John Glenn becomes the 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
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Famous Birthdays

  • Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • Joel Ellis, American rocker (Heavy Bones)
  • Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • Ria Coyne, American comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Halliwell Hobbes, British actor (Gaslight, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 84
1962 Highlights

About February 20, 1962

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 9 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Pisces