April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on the spaceship "Vostok" was launched from the cosmodrome "Baikonur" and the first time in the world to accomplish the orbital flyby of the planet Earth. Flying in the near-Earth space lasted 108 minutes. In the Soviet Union a holiday established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on April 9, 1962. There called Cosmonautics Day. This holiday is installed on the proposal of the second Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who appealed to the Central Committee with proposed March 26, 1962. On the same day the World Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.
PS and most importantly, it is able to make the citizens of the USSR and as always wipe their noses around the world! We are at a time, always and everywhere sought to be the first