Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut who was the first human to journey into outer space.
Юрий Алексеевич Гагарин, Jurij Alekseevič Gagarin, is commonly listed as being born in Клушино, Смоленская область, CCCP (Klušino, Smolenskaâ Oblast, USSR). The Russian Wikipedia quotes Nikolaj Nikolaev stating that Klušino was the residence of Gagarin's parents but that he was born in the hospital in nearby Гжатск (Gžatsk), renamed Гага́рин (Gagarin) in 1968 in his honor.
His parents were Алексей Иванович Гагарин (Aleksej Ivanovič Gagarin), born 1902, died 1973, and Анна Тимофеевна Матвеева (Anna Timofeevna Matveeva), born 1903, died 1984. His maternal grandfather was Тимофей Матвеевич Матвеев (Timofej Matveevič Matveev) born 1877, died 1937, who lived in Санкт-Петербург (St. Petersburg) at the turn of the century. He had two brothers and one sister.
Col Gagarin was the first man to orbit the Earth. He did so in the Vostok 1 capsule on 12 Apr 1961.
He died during a training flight near Новосёлово, Киржачский район (Novosëlovo, Kiržačskij District) in 1968.
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