COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 3-day celebration of what would have been history-making astronaut John Glenn’s one centesimal birthday started Friday in his birthplace and childhood hometown in Ohio, at the same time as further occasions have been introduced to mark the event.
Glenn, who died in 2016, was the primary American to orbit Earth, making him a nationwide hero in 1962. Along with his army and house accomplishments, he spent 24 years as a Democrat within the U.S. Senate.
The John Glenn Centennial Celebration in each Cambridge, the place Glenn was born on July 18, 1921, and close by New Harmony, the place he grew up and met his late spouse, Annie, runs by way of Sunday. It features a parade, the Friendship 7-Miler street race named for his well-known plane, lectures, museum excursions, house motion pictures, biplane and rocket automotive rides, music and youngsters’s science actions.
At Ohio State College, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs has up to date seven show instances in Web page Corridor in honor of Glenn’s life, legacy of public service and relationship to the college, which homes Glenn’s archives. Objects displayed embody speeches, letters, diaries and information clippings. The faculty plans further occasions all year long.
A pending Ohio Home decision would urge Congress to award each Glenns a Congressional Gold Medal.
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