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The First American to Orbit the Earth

On this day in 1962, Col. John Glenn, USMC, becomes the first American to orbit the Earth. The Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) spacecraft, named Friendship 7, was carried to orbit by an Atlas LV-3B launch vehicle lifting off from Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. After three full orbits comprising four hours, 56 minutes in […]

Why JFK was Special

On this day in 1960, US Navy combat veteran John F. Kennedy becomes the youngest man and first Catholic ever to be elected president of the United States. Kennedy beat Republican Vice President Richard Nixon with 303 electoral votes to 229 and less than one percent in the popular vote. The campaign was hard fought […]