Yuri Gagarin

1934 - 1968

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin  (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule, Vostok 1, completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, his nation's highest honour. Born in the village of Klushino near Gzhatsk (a town later renamed after him), in his youth Gagarin was a foundryman at a steel plant in Lyubertsy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yuri Gagarin has received more than 6,103,054 page views. His biography is available in 147 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Yuri Gagarin ranks 1 out of 501After him are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Valentina Tereshkova, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Pete Conrad, Alexei Leonov, Vladimir Komarov, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, and Gherman Titov.

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Among people born in 1934, Yuri Gagarin ranks 1After him are Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Charles Manson, Leonard Cohen, Giorgio Armani, Albert II of Belgium, Carl Sagan, Gene Cernan, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Nana Mouskouri. Among people deceased in 1968, Yuri Gagarin ranks 1After him are Martin Luther King Jr., Marcel Duchamp, Helen Keller, John Steinbeck, Padre Pio, Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn, Robert F. Kennedy, Lev Landau, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and Trygve Lie.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Yuri Gagarin ranks 7 out of 2,050Before him are Immanuel Kant (1724), Vladimir Lenin (1870), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), Leo Tolstoy (1828), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), and Mikhail Gorbachev (1931). After him are Anton Chekhov (1860), Dmitri Mendeleev (1834), Peter the Great (1672), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Alexander Pushkin (1799), and Nicholas II of Russia (1868).

Among ASTRONAUTS In Russia

Among astronauts born in Russia, Yuri Gagarin ranks 1After him are Valentina Tereshkova (1937), Alexei Leonov (1934), Vladimir Komarov (1927), Gherman Titov (1935), Valery Bykovsky (1934), Andriyan Nikolayev (1929), Svetlana Savitskaya (1948), Valeri Kubasov (1935), Valeri Polyakov (1942), Vladislav Volkov (1935), and Pavel Belyayev (1925).

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