Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934 in the village Klushino Gzhatsk area of the Western Region of the RSFSR (now Gagarin district of Smolensk
region), near the town of Gzhatsk (now Gagarin). By origin, Gagarin comes from the
peasants, his father, Alexei Ivanovich Gagarin (1902-1973), - a carpenter, his mother, Anna Matveeva
Timofeevna (1903-1984) - worked as a swineherd.
passed his childhood in the village Klushino. September 1, 1941 the boy went to
school, but October 12 the Germans occupied the village, and his studies were
interrupted. Almost half the village of Klushino was occupied by German troops.
April 9, 1943 the Red Army liberated the village, and George's school resumed.
On May 24,
1945, the Gagarin family moved to Gzhatsk. In May 1949, Gagarin graduated from sixth
grade Gzhatsk high school, and September 30, enrolled in a vocational school,
Lubertsy number 10. At the same time, he enrolled in night school for working
youth as a seventh grader and graduated in May 1951. In June he graduated with
honors from college with a degree in moulder-foundry.
1951, Gagarin joined the Saratov Industrial Technical School, and on October 25,
1954, for the first time, he joined the Saratov Flying Club. In 1955, Yuri Gagarin made significant progress, he graduated with honors from school and made
the first solo flight in the Yak-18. Just a flying club, Yuri Gagarin completed
196 flights and flew 42 hours 23 minutes.
On October 27,
1955 Gagarin was drafted and sent to Orenburg, in the 1st Military Aviation
School named Voroshilov. He studied with then famous test pilot,
J. S. Akbulatov. October 25, 1957 Gagarin finished school and graduated with honors. For
two years he served in the 169-m fighter aviation regiment of the 122nd Fighter
Division of the Northern Fleet, armed MiG-15bis. By October 1959 he had flown a total
of 265 hours.
In 1959 he
married Valentina Ivanovna Goryacheva.
1959 Gagarin wrote a letter requesting enrollment in a group of would-be
astronauts. A week later, he was summoned to Moscow for a comprehensive medical
examination at the Central Scientific-Research Aviation Hospital. Early the next
year, this was followed by another special medical board, which recognized Lieutenant
Gagarin fit for space flight. On March 3, 1960 order of the Chief of the Air Force
Konstantin A. Vershinin enrolled in a group of would-be astronauts, and on March
11, the Gagarin family moved to a new place of work. On March 25, Gagarin began
classes on a regular training program for astronauts.
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