This Day in History: February 20

John Glenn

1962 – John Glenn’s orbit of Earth. John H. Glenn, Jr., the oldest of seven astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury spaceflight training (and later a U.S. senator), became on this day in 1962 the first American to orbit Earth, doing so three times.

Parícutin volcano erupting, western Michoacán state, Mexico.

1943 – The volcano Paricutín in Michoacán state, Mexico, erupted, eventually burying two villages.

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

1909 – Italian author Filippo Tommaso Marinetti coined the term Futurism in the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro.

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