Whether you’ve flown out of the airport or studied on The Ohio State University’s campus, there’s a good chance you’ve been within orbit of John Glenn’s influence.
Today is Tuesday, July 18 — but it isn’t your average weekday. John Glenn was born on this very day in Ohio 100+ years ago, and we’re ready to blast off some fast facts in five... four... three...
A quick history
John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio on July 18, 1921, which would’ve made him 102 years old today. He died on December 8, 2016 in Columbus at the age of 95.
The first of many
Did you know Glenn is the first person to average supersonic speed on a transcontinental flight? He achieved this in 1957 during his time with the US Naval Reserve where he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Not one time, not two times...
Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, and thanks to faulty parts, this trip resulted with him circling our planet three total times. Throughout the nearly five-hour orbit, NASA reported his ship reached speeds of 17,000 mph.
Man of science
Did you know Glenn was a member of COSI in 1965? The Columbus Metropolitan Library has the receipts.
A lasting legacy
The John Glenn International Airport is Columbus’ main passenger airport, and it’s where 7.7+ million people fly through each year. Additionally, Glenn’s work in public service — both as an astronaut and as a senator — led to OSU creating the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.