Lived: Jul 18, 1921 – Dec 08, 2016 (age 95)
Height: 5′ 10″ (1.79 m)
Spouse: Annie Glenn (m. 1943)
Space agency: NASA
Education: Muskingum University
Children: John David Glenn (Son) · Carolyn Ann Glenn (Daughter)
- 1939: After graduating from New Concord High School in 1939, he studied Engineering at Muskingum College.
- 1943: On April 6, 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor (b. 1920).
- 1959: He was one of the “Mercury Seven” group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America’s first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft.
- 1962: On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov and the sub-orbital flights of Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.
- 2000: In 2000, Glenn received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
- 2013: With the death of Scott Carpenter on October 10, 2013, Glenn became the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven.