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John Glenn
-- U.S. Senator, astronaut

  John Glenn became part of American legend in 1962 when he became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth in space. And 36 years later at age 77 he got his wish to return to space aboard the shuttle Discovery.

  In between flights Glenn served four terms in the U.S. Senate and ran for president.

  In the early 1990s Glenn's endured months of negative publicity when he found himself one of the "Keating Five" -- senators accused of ethics violations involving former savings and loan executive Charles H.Keating Jr. However, Glenn was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

  In 1997 Glenn announced he would not run for re-election in 1998 and instead took up a new campaign -- to go to space one last time.
  On Oct. 29, 1998 Glenn got his wish and was among the crew of the space shuttle Discovery.

Chronology of John Glenn's life:


Above left: John and Annie at their wedding. Above right: Glenn suiting up in 1962.
JULY 18, 1921: John Herschel Glenn Jr. born in Cambridge, Ohio.

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.


Glenn's first ride in 1962
MAY 16, 1962: A section of Airway Road in Greene County was renamed "ColonelGlenn Highway."

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.
PHOTO BY BILL REINKE DAYTON DAILY NEWS


Selected Dayton Daily News stories:

SENATE COMMITTEE CLEARS GLENN OFIMPROPRIETY IN KEATING CASE
Published: Thursday, February 28, 1991 Page: 1A
By Sharyn Wizda WASHINGTON BUREAU

GLENN WINS FIGHT OF POLITICAL LIFE
Published: Wednesday, November 4, 1992 Page: 6A
By Sandy Theis DAYTON DAILY NEWS

U.S. SENATE
GLENN ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT
Published: Friday, February 21, 1997 Page: 1A
By: Scott Montgomery

EDITORIAL
JOHN GLENN RETIRES A HERO, GENTLEMAN
Published: Friday, February 21, 1997 Page: 12A
EDITORIAL PAGE

GLENN WILL ORBIT AGAIN
Senator, 76, is headed back to space
Published: Friday, January 16, 1998 Page: 1A
By: By Timothy R. Gaffney Dayton Daily News

SPACE
`I'M ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE OF IT'
* John Glenn is bringing the tenacity and discipline he's always been known for to his latest mission
By Scott Montgomery WASHINGTON BUREAU
Published: 07/19/98 -- Page: 1A

  

  

BACK IN ORBIT
- Scott Montgomery, Dayton Daily News
Published: 10/25/98 -- Page: 1A

EXPERIMENTS ON AGING
GLENN IS SUBJECT OF NINE TESTS

* The oldest astronaut on board will be monitored for such things as muscle loss and cardiovascular changes.
By Timothy R. Gaffney Dayton Daily News Published: 10/25/98 -- Page: 10A

NASA
GOLDIN REVERSES JFK EDICT

* The late president didn't want Glenn back in space because he was too big a hero to risk.
By Scott Montgomery Washington Bureau Published: 10/25/98 -- Page: 11A

DISCOVERY'S CREW
Published: 10/25/98 -- Page: 10A

LIFTOFF
GLENN FINALLY GETS AN ENCORE FLIGHT
By Scott Montgomery Dayton Daily News
Published: 10/30/98 -- Page: 1A

SPACE
JOVIAL GLENN ENJOYS THE RIDE

* The senior astronaut is in high spirits as he talks to the media from the orbiting shuttle.
By Timothy R. Gaffney Dayton Daily News
Published: 11/02/98 -- Page: 1A

HERO'S WELCOME
ECSTATIC JOHN GLENN ENDS SPACE MISSION

By Scott Montgomery DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 11/08/98 -- Page: 1A

Websites:

  • Back in Orbit(the ActiveDayton Glenn page)
  • Glenn's official U.S. Senate website
  • Ask an Astronaut: Q&A with John Glenn
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    File Created: 10-1-1994
    Updated: 11-20-1998
    Prepared by: Dayton Daily News Library staff
    Sources: DDN reports