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09/03/1934 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is born

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Yuri Gagarin, First Human in Space (1961)

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Gagarin: Untold Story of First Man in Space (RT Documentary)

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Yuri Gagarin on BBC TV, July 11 1961

Gagarin was the first man to fly into outer space. He completed one orbit of the Earth in 1961. The design of his spaceship, Vostok 1, was supervised by Sergei Korolev. Gagarin instantly became a celebrity. Later he worked as deputy training director of the Soviet Cosmonaut Training Centre. Gagarin died in the crash of the MiG-15 jet.
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