On this day, in 1961, 46 years ago, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, became
the first man into space. Considering the state of Soviet rocketry at
the time, he was probably the bravest man that ever was... if he had
been allowed to know the state of Soviet rocketry at the time. :-)
He died in 1968, while on a training flight. At supersonic speeds, a
SU-15 passed within 10 to 20 meters of his MiG-15UTI, causing his
craft to spin out of control, crashing into a forest near Kirzhach.
So comrade, hoist a shot of vodka to his memory and his achievement
in solidarity with all space enthusiasts around the world!