John Glenn

1921 - 2016

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John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) was a United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman and politician. He was the third American in space, and the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times in 1962. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Glenn has received more than 9,821,945 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). John Glenn is the 11th most popular astronaut (down from 10th in 2019), the 651st most popular biography from United States (down from 438th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Astronaut.

John Glenn is most famous for becoming the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.

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Among astronauts, John Glenn ranks 11 out of 524Before him are Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Vladimir Komarov, Pete Conrad, Alexei Leonov, and Alan Shepard. After him are Gherman Titov, Dennis Tito, Jim Lovell, John Young, Sigmund Jähn, and David Scott.

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Among people born in 1921, John Glenn ranks 26Before him are Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Gunnar Nordahl, Paulo Freire, Nancy Reagan, Deborah Kerr, and Patricia Highsmith. After him are Gianni Agnelli, Kenneth Arrow, Vasily Stalin, Nexhmije Hoxha, Vasily Smyslov, and Kurt Knispel. Among people deceased in 2016, John Glenn ranks 31Before him are George Michael, Harper Lee, Nancy Reagan, Carrie Fisher, Elie Wiesel, and Prince. After him are Bernardo Provenzano, Andrzej Żuławski, Gene Wilder, Viktor Korchnoi, Hilary Putnam, and George Kennedy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Glenn ranks 651 out of 15,968Before him are Patricia Highsmith (1921), Matt Damon (1970), Gary Becker (1930), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Louise Hay (1926), and Monica Lewinsky (1973). After him are John Malkovich (1953), Sidney Lumet (1924), Joan Crawford (1904), Michael Bloomberg (1942), Glenn Miller (1904), and Magic Johnson (1959).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, John Glenn ranks 6Before him are Neil Armstrong (1930), Buzz Aldrin (1930), Gene Cernan (1934), Pete Conrad (1930), and Alan Shepard (1923). After him are Dennis Tito (1940), Jim Lovell (1928), John Young (1930), David Scott (1932), Harrison Schmitt (1935), and Edgar Mitchell (1930).