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YURI’S NIGHT, Apr 12, 2024, global

Space aficionados celebrate “Yuri’s Night” every year on April 12, the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human being in space. Soviet cosmonaut Gagarin made one orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

Events take place across the globe on or around April 12. Find one near you on the Yuri’s Night website.

By coincidence, April 12 is also the anniversary of the first U.S. space shuttle flight. It was supposed to take place on April 10, 1981, but was delayed at the last minute due a computer error.


April 12
8:00 am - 11:00 pm