The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution initiated by Russia declaring April 12 “International Day of Human Space Flight”. Representatives from over 60 sates took part in drafting the document.
On April 12, 1961, the Vostok spacecraft took the first ever human being – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin – into space. In Russia April 12 is celebrated as “Cosmonautics Day”.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare hosts a display of the copies of the Soviet/Russian archival images to commemorate the event.