John Glenn, known as the first American to orbit the Earth, has died. He was 95.
The exact cause of death has not been confirmed. He had died at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95.
Glenn is credited with holding the speed record for the transcontinental flight as a Marine Corps pilot. This was succeeded in 1962 with the headliner of his achievements – becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.
He served in the World War II and flew 90 combat missions during the Korea War. For his service to the country, he was bestowed with the Distinguished Flying Cross six times and the Air Medal with 18 clusters, Columbia Dispatch reports.
In 1964, he ran in the Democratic Senate primary. However, due to an injury in his inner ear, Glenn had to withdraw from the race. Six years later, in 1970, he ran for the Senate a second time, but could not best Howard M. Metzenbaum.
John Glenn becomes inspiration to many after orbiting Earth at age 77.
Following Glenn’s victory four years later over Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk and winning the re-election by a massive margin in 1980, Glenn ran for presidency in 1984.
Nonetheless, he found himself taking on an astronaut role once again in 1998 when he orbited the Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery. The monumental feat at 77 years of age has inspired many across the country. Coincidentally, this was also the final year that Glenn served in the Senate.