Thanks to Google, I learnt today that it was on April 12 1961 that Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 3KA-2.
According to Wikipedia, Gagarin famously whistled during his flight the tune "The Motherland Hears, The Motherland Knows". He became an instant celebrity, and toured widely around the world to promote the Soviet achievement.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Posted by Stephanie TS. at 11:18 AM