Chronology of John Glenn's life:
JULY 18, 1921: John Herschel Glenn Jr. born in Cambridge, Ohio.
Above left: John and Annie at their wedding. Above right: Glenn suiting up in 1962.
1943-45: As a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Glenn flew 59 missions in WorldWar II, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 10 Air Medals. He wouldearn two more Distinguished Flying Crosses and eight Air Medals In the KoreanWar, 1952-53.
1957: Glenn made the first transcontinental supersonic flight, setting aspeed record flying from Los Angeles to New York in three hours and 23minutes.
APRIL 9, 1959: Chosen as one of NASA's Project Mercury astronauts.
FEB. 20, 1962: Became the first American to orbit the Earth.
MAY 16, 1962: A section of Airway Road in Greene County was renamed "ColonelGlenn Highway."
Glenn's first ride in 1962
1964: Briefly entered the U.S. Senate race, but withdrew after suffering ahead injury in a household accident.
1970: Ran for the U.S. Senate, losing in the primary to Howard Metzenbaum,who lost in the general election.
1974: Won a Senate seat, receiving 65 percent of the vote. He would winthree more Senate terms.
1984: Unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president;incurred a debt of more than $3 million that dogged him for a decade.Eventually, he received FEC permission to use his own money to help repay thedebt.
FEB 27, 1991: Cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee of improper conduct inthe Keating Five scandal but the committee said he showed "poor judgment" in arranging a lunch between formersavings-and-loan financier Charles Keating and then-House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Texas.
NOV. 3, 1992: Won re-election in a close race against challenger Mike DeWine.
FEB. 20, 1997: Announced he would not seek a fifth term in the Senate.
Jan. 16, 1998: NASA announced that Glenn would return to space.
Oct. 29, 1998: The Discovery lifts off with Glenn on board.
Nov. 7, 1998: The Discovery lands safely on earth.
The shuttle Discovery on Thursday fulfilled John Glenn's dream of returning to space.
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