Behind the Iron Curtain: Cosmonautics Day

April 12 is the 47th anniversary of the first successful manned space flight. April 12 is celebrated as the Cosmonautics Day.

Just remember who was there first.

TIME cover 04-21-1961 "Russia's Yuri Gagarin." Illustration of the cosmonaut by Boris Chaliapin. © Time Inc.

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From the bowels of the communist Motherland thrust into soulless grind of gears of capitalism. Only accent and good looks survive.