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Gagarin, a Soviet military pilot, was the first man in human history to fly in space.
It made an orbit of the Earth on April 12th in 1961.
In a lavish ceremony in Moscow, Yuri was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union by Nikita Khrushchev.
Yuri Gagarin died in a plane accident. In 1968 while piloting his MiG–15 fighter jet, during a routine training flight, he lost control and the aircraft plummeted into the ground.
Read by John Edwin Skelton.