Gagarin's Life Timeline


Yuri at the Foundry

Gagarin’s Life shows the documented life of an ordinary boy who grew up to succeed at doing what every ordinary boy dreamed of and became the world’s first spaceman. Several sources have been cross referenced and collated to create the most comprehensive timeline of Yuri Gagarin’s life on the web.

 

Family

Yuri Gagarin is most famously known for being the first human to orbit the Earth. This timeline has been created to celebrate his life in general.

 

In the 34 years of his life, Gagarin had a childhood, brothers and a sister. He grew up during the second world war and witnessed dreadful events. He left home at 15 to further his education instead of becoming a farmer or carpenter, like his father. Then trained beyond the limits of many men to travel in space. After the flight he was a worldwide celebrity as well as a husband and father of two girls.  His entire life was just as amazing as the 108 minutes that made him famous!

This timeline will always be a ‘work in progress’ and will be updated with new/reliable information.

If you have extra information or know of an event that conflicts with anything you read below please contact us, with your information and the source.

 

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COMING SOON: Links to photographs that correlate with each event will be added. All photographs are courtesy of RIA Novosti - please contact Ralph Gibson: photos@novosti.co.uk

 

Due to the variety of English spellings of Russian names, Vix Southgate has endeavoured to be as accurate to the phonetic spelling as possibly or the most widely used spelling on the internet for ease of research.

For accuracy:    ë is pronounced yo as in Korolëv = Korolyov.

 

 

 

09 March 1934 Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin is born More info
01 September 1940 Gagarin enrols at the 1st class Klushinskoy Junior High School More info
1941 Gagarin and his Brother Valentin are 'shown the stars' by his Uncle Pavol More info
Spring 1941 World War II - German invasion of the USSR begins More info
12 October 1942 Klushino is attacked and occupied by the German army More info
Spring 1943 Valentin and Zoya are abducted by the SS  More info
09 April 1943 The Germans retreat from Gzhatsk More info
Late 1943 Valentin and Zoya escape the labour camp and are drafted as volunteers into the Soviet Army. More info
24 May 1945 The Gagarin family move to Gzhatsk More info
Late 1945 Valentin and Zoya return home More info
1946 Gagarin is inspired by ex-airman teacher More info
May 1949 Gagarin finishes in the sixth grade of Gzhatsk Junior High School More info
Summer 1949 Gagarin moved in with his Uncle, Savely Ivanovich More info
30 September 1949 Gagarin begins his studies at the Lyubertsy Vocational School No.10 More info
1950 During 1950 Gagarin continues his studies in Lyubertsy. More info
1951 Graduated from Lyubertsy Vocational School No.10 -from seventh grade More info
1951 Enrols at Saratov Industrial Technical School More info
04 September 1953 Gagarin continues studies at Saratov Industrial Technical School More info
04 September 1954
- 01 October 1955
Gagarin signed up at the Saratov Oblast Flying Club More info
14 March 1955 First Parachute Jump More info
1955 Gagarin graduates from Saratov Industrial Technical School More info
July 1955 First Solo Flight in YAK 18 More info
27 October 1955 Gagarin was drafted into the Soviet Army and sent to study in Orenburg at the Voroshilov 1st Chkalovsk Military Aviation School More info
November 1955 Gagarin makes the rank of Cadet More info
1956 Gagarin met Valentina Goryachev More info
22 February 1956 Gagarin makes rank of Aviation Cadet Sergeant and is permitted to fly. More info
26 March 1957 First Solo Flight in MiG-15 jet More info
04 October 1957 The Soviet Union launch SPUTNIK-1 into orbit More info
27 October 1957 Gagarin marries Valentina Goryacheva More info
05 November 1957 First army posting after passing out of Orenburg with excellent grades and made rank of Lieutenant in the Soviet air force More info
06 November 1957 Gagarin graduates from the Voroshilov 1st Chkalovsk Military Aviation School More info
1958 During 1958 Gagarin is still posted at Nikel Airbase. More info
10 April 1959 First child, Elena, born More info
05 October 1959 Gagarin Submitted request for cosmonaut training (unconfirmed) More info
24 October 1959 Gagarin makes Senior Airman More info
06 November 1959 Gagarin receives the rank of First Lieutenant More info
11 January 1960 Gagarin is approved for cosmonaut training More info
25 February 1960 Soviet Air Force Cosmonaut Training Group 1 selected More info
08 March 1960 Assigned to Cosmonaut training and sent to Star City More info
18 June 1960 Gagarin Meets Sergei Korolëv - The Chief Designer. More info
19 August 1960 BELKA and STRELKA are launched into space on board SPUTNIK 5 More info
Autumn 1960 Gagarin continues his training at Star City More info
06 January 1961 Cosmonaut crew selection More info
17&18 January 1961 Cosmonaut examinations More info
07 March 1961 Second child Galya Born More info
15 March 1961 Gagarin brings Valentina and Galya home from hospital. More info
16 March 1961 Cosmonauts head to Tyuratam More info
19 March 1961 Plans for filming the First cosmonaut in space - discussed More info
25 March 1961 Gagarin and Titov don their spacesuits and practise the timings for travelling in lift to capsule More info
28 March 1961 ZVYOVDOCHKA and IVAN IVANOVICH are launched on board SPUTNIK 10 More info
3 April 1961 Vostok first manned spaceflight authorised. More info
7 April 1961 3 hours of training on Manual landing More info
8 April 1961 Discussions of World record registration and Kamanin recommends Gagarin as pilot and Titov as backup. More info
09 April 1961 Kamanin informs Gagarin and Titov of the selection of Gagarin to be the first man in space. More info
10 April 1961 Gagarin confirmed for launch on 12/04/61 More info
11 April 1961 At 13:00 Gagarin meets a group of soldiers, NCOs and Officers More info
11 April 1961 Gagarin and Titov go to cottage for last night before launch More info
11 April 1961 At 21:30 Korolëv comes to the cottage More info
12 April 1961 YURI ALEXEYEVICH GAGARIN ORBITS THE EARTH IN THE VOSTOK-1 CAPSULE More info
12 April 1961 Gagarin attends a Celebratory Dinner at 19:00 UTC More info
15 April 1961 Gagarin in Moscow More info
Became commander of the cosmonaut detachment. More info
17 April 1961 Gives Television Interview More info
18 April 1961 Gagarin undergoes 6 days of intensive physical test and observation More info
21 April 1961 Gagarin on the cover of Time Magazine More info
28 April 1961 Gagarin visit PRAGUE in Czechoslovakia More info
01 May 1961 Gagarin attends the May Day parade in Moscow More info
25 May 1961 Gagarin visits Bulgaria More info
30 June 1961 FINLAND More info
11 July 1961 10:55 Gagarin arrives in Britain at London Heathrow Airport More info
11 July 1961 11.00 Gagarin is driven from London Heathrow Airport to Soviet Embassy House in Kensington More info
11 July 1961 11:45 Gagarin arrives at the Soviet Embassy. More info
11 July 1961 13:00 Gagarin arrives at the Soviet Exhibition at Earl's Court More info
11 July 1961 Earl's Court Luncheon More info
11 July 1961 15:00 Gagarin attends a press conference in the fashion theatre of the Soviet Exhibition More info
11 July 1961 16:15 Gagarin is awarded the first British Interplanetary Society gold medal More info
11 July 1961 16:30 Gagarin leaves Earl's Court More info
11 July 1961 17:30 Gagarin attends a reception at the Soviet Embassy More info
12 July 1961 10:00 Gagarin arrives at Ringway airport, Manchester More info
12 July 1961 10:45 Gagarin visits the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers More info
12 July 1961 11:30 Gagarin visits Metropolitan Vickers in Trafford Park More info
12 July 1961 12:45 Gagarin is taken to the Town Hall for a reception and civil banquet. More info
12 July 1961 15:45 Gagarin lays a wreath at the Manchester Cenotaph More info
12 July 1961 16:30 Gagarin flies back to London More info
13 July 1961 10:00 Gagarin leaves the Soviet Embassy More info
13 July 1961 11:00 Gagarin visits Mansion House and meets the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen More info
13 July 1961 11:45 Gagarin visits the Tower of London More info
13 July 1961 12:45 Gagarin attends a reception and lunch at Royal Society, Burlington House More info
13 July 1961 15:20 After having returned to the Soviet Embassy briefly, Gagarin leaves for his next engagement More info
13 July 1961 15:45 Gagarin visits Admiralty House in Whitehall for a 25 minute meeting with the Prime Minister Harold MacMillan More info
13 July 1961 16:15 Gagarin lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall More info
13 July 1961 16:50 Gagarin attends a reception at the Air Ministry in Whitehall More info
13 July 1961 17:30 Gagarin attends a Garden Party at the Society for Cultural Relations (now SCRSS) in Kensington Square More info
13 July 1961 Gagarin attends a reception hosted by the Great Britain-USSR Association at Hyde Park Hotel More info
13 July 1961 19:45 Gagarin was due to meet with te Moscovites at the Dorchester Hotel, but this meeting was cancelled More info
13 July 1961 22:15 Gagarin returns to the Soviet Embassy More info
14 July 1961 12:35 Gagarin leaves the Soviet Embassy More info
14 July 1961 12:50 Gagarin attends an informal lunch with Her Majesty The Queen More info
14 July 1961 14:45 Gagarin returns to the Soviet Embassy More info
14 July 1961 15:30 Gagarin speaks to thousands of children at the Soviet Exhibition at Earl's Court More info
14 July 1961 16:40 Gagarin returns to the Soviet Embassy where he is presented with a travelling suitcase from the British-Soviet Friendship Society More info
14 July 1961 17:30 Gagarin visits Highgate Cemetary More info
14 July 1961 21:00 Gagarin is interviewed on BBC Television More info
14 July 1961 21:30 In a live broadcast from Earl's Court, Gagarin answers questions from Richard Dimbleby, Tom Margerison and Yuri Fokin More info
14 July 1961 Gagarin photographed in Fleet Street More info
15 July 1961 11:00 Gagarin leaves the Soviet Embassy for London Heathrow Airport More info
15 July 1961 11:45 More info
15 July 1961 12:35 Gagarin waves from the steps of the plane. More info
15 July 1961 18:05 Gagarin arrives in Moscow More info
Short article in Ottowa Citizen Paper with regards to British reception of YG More info
ICELAND More info
20 July 1961 Poland - First Day in Warsaw More info
24 July 1961 Scheduled to arrive at Havana airport, Cuba More info
25 July 1961 Arrived Cuba in Lashing rain More info
27 July 1961 Rally with Castro in Cuba during 4 day trip More info
28 July 1961 Flies out of Havana, Cuba More info
29 July 1961 BRAZIL More info
Early August 1961 CANADA More info
21 August 1961 HUNGARY More info
27 August 1961 World Tour Completed More info
01 September 1961
- 02 March 1968
Student of Computer Engineering More info
14 Sept - 03 Oct 1961 Gagarin in the Crimea More info
29 November 1961 Asian Tour Yuri Heads for India More info
07 December 1961 Sri Lanka More info
12 December 1961 Afghanistan More info
15 December 1961 Asian Tour Ends More info
2 Feb 1962 UAR Almaza More info
6 Feb 1962 EGYPT More info
Dinner with President Nasser in Ciaro More info
Pyramids More info
15 Feb 1962 GREECE More info
Acropolis More info
12 June 1962 LTC Made Lieutenant Colonel (early) More info
05 January 1963 Hospital for an appendix operation More info
06 July 1963 Hospital for tonsillectomy More info
03 September 1963 Eiffel Tower More info
14 September 1963 Eiffel Tower More info
27 September 1963 PARIS More info
Galabert Astronautical Prize 1962 More info
Gagarin meets the Soviet Ambassador to France - M. Vinogradov More info
02 October 1963 Pureaux (outside Paris) More info
06 November 1963 Received the rank of COLONEL (ahead of schedule) More info
1963 Named Commander of the Cosmonaut Group More info
April 1965 Reentered mission training as a backup cosmonaut. More info
1965 Enrolled in the Zukovsky Institute of Aeronautical Engineering More info
11 June 1965 PARIS - Paris Air show at La Bourget More info
1967 Began training for the first Soyuz Flight More info
17 February 1968 Graduated with Honors as Cosmonaut Engineer More info
27 March 1968 Final flight More info
27 March 1968 Colonel Yuri Gagarin's MiG15UTI crashed, killing Gagarin and his instructor, Colonel Vladimir Seryogin More info
30 March 1968 Buried More info

*UTC – Coordinated Universal Time (GMT can be classed as the equivalent, when fractions of a second are not important)

Information sources include:  The internet, newspaper archives and photographic archives

Image reference: RIA Novosti photos@novosti.co.uk

Many thanks go to Vix Southgate for researching and assembling this timeline.



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