- April 12 -

Russian Cosmonaut Day

Cosmonautics Day (Russian:Den Kosmonavtiki) is a holiday celebrated in Russia and some other former USSR countries on April 12. Later on, since April 7, 2011 the April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight made on April 12,...

Russian Cosmonaut Day

Cosmonautics Day (Russian:Den Kosmonavtiki) is a holiday celebrated in Russia and some other former USSR countries on April 12. Later on, since April 7, 2011 the April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by the 27-year-old Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft.
The holiday was established in the Soviet Union one year later, on April 9, 1962. In modern Russia, it is celebrated in accordance with Article 1.1 of the Law "On the Days of Military Glory and the Commemorative Dates in Russia".
Gagarin's flight was a major success for the Soviet space program, and opened a new era in the history of space exploration. Gagarin became a national hero of the Soviet Union and eastern bloc and a famous figure around the world. Major newspapers around the globe published his biography and details of his flight. Moscow and other cities in the USSR held parades, the scale of which were second only to WWII Victory Parades. Gagarin was escorted in a long motorcade of high-ranking officials through the streets of Moscow to the Kremlin where, in a lavish ceremony, he was awarded the highest Soviet honour, the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Nowadays the commemoration ceremony on Cosmonautics Day starts in the city of Korolyov, near Gagarin's statue. Participants then proceed under police escort to Red Square for a visit to Gagarin's grave in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, and continue to Cosmonauts Alley, near the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. Finally, the festivities are concluded with a visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery. On April 7, 2011 United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

The hit «Trava u doma» (Grass at home) performed by the Russian Rock Band “Zemlyane” (Earthmen) was awarded with the official status of the first anthem of Russian Cosmonautics. This song Russian cosmonauts have traditionally taken with them getting assigned for orbital deployments.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmonautics_Day

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Equal Pay Day
International Day of Human Space Flight
International Day for Street Children
World Space Party - Yuri's Night

You may also like...

Interesting events from Science category.

Kid Inventors’ Day

Television. Water skis. Earmuffs. The Popsicle. What do they have in common? All were invented by kids! 500,000 children and teens invent gadgets and games each year. These innovations help make our lives easier - and more fun. Kid Inventors’ Day to be held annually...

First Untethered Spacewalk

>Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart astronauts made the first untethered spacewalks in history during Space Shuttle mission STS-41B. McCandless and Stewart used their nitrogen-propelled manned maneuvering units (MMUs) to make the first space walk unattached to any orbital vehicle....

International Darwin Day

Darwin Day is a recently instituted celebration intended to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general. History The celebration of Darwin's work...

History The celebration of Darwin's work...'>
Edison's Phonograph Patented

Patent for Phonograph Issued February 19, 1878 One of Edison's first great inventions Washington - Thomas A. Edison, one of the outstanding geniuses in the history of technology, received patent no. 200,521 for a phonograph on February 19, 1878. This patent is just one of the more than one...

Elihu Yale's Birthday

Elihu Yale (April 5, 1649 – July 8, 1721) was a British merchant and philanthropist, Governor of the East India Company settlement in Bengal, at Calcutta and Chennai and a benefactor of the Collegiate School of Connecticut, which in 1718 was renamed Yale College in his honor. Although...

World UFO day

World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. In the past there were two days that were called World UFO day. July 2nd and the 24th of June. The WUFODO (World UFO Day Organization) declared July 2nd to be the official World UFO...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet