The life of John Glenn

The Life of John Glenn: A Timeline

Presented here are highlights of the numerous achievements and accomplishments of John Glenn, from his birth in 1921 to the celebration in 2012 of the 50th anniversary of his Friendship 7 space flight. Included are notable events from his career as a combat and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, his years with NASA as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, his twenty-four years in the U.S. Senate, his return to space with NASA in 1998, and his involvement after his retirement from the U.S. Senate with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

1914-01-01 17:49:10

World War I

World War I begins.

1918-11-11 20:59:04

John H. Glenn, Sr. serves in World War I

John H. Glenn, Sr. marries Clara Sproat two weeks prior to Glenn shipping overseas for France as a bugler in the U.S. Army during World War I.

1921-07-18 20:59:04


John Herschel Glenn, Jr. is born in Cambridge, Ohio on July 18, 1921.

1923-01-01 17:49:10

Glenn meets Annie

After his family moves to New Concord, Ohio, Glenn meets Anna Margaret (“Annie”) Castor, the daughter of family friends.

1929-02-01 03:31:28

First Flight

Glenn experiences flight for the first time when he and his father ride in a barnstormer’s WACO aircraft.

1929-10-29 01:43:32

Black Tuesday

U.S. stock market crashes on "Black Tuesday" (October 29); the ensuing Great Depression lasts through the 1930s.

1931-01-01 17:49:10

U.S. National Anthem established

"The Star-Spangled Banner" becomes the National Anthem of the United States.

1932-03-01 19:31:04

Glenn learns to play trumpet

Glenn joins the town band. At Decoration Day festivities, Glenn and his father (a military bugler) play "Echo Taps" in honor of the fallen veterans.

1933-03-01 19:31:04

"New Deal" Instituted

Franklin Delano Roosevelt institutes his "New Deal"

1933-12-01 01:43:32

Glenn's growth of Character

Effects of the Great Depression instill the willingness to work hard, the importance of service to others, and the value of good government.

The life of John Glenn

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