April 12th last year marked 50 years from the date a first human, Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, first traveled to space.

International Day of Human Space Flight

Yuri Gagarin

To honor the first space flight, the United Nations declared this day the International Day of Human Space Flight.

The UN General Assembly  “expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend all States the benefits derived therefrom.”

Watch footage of Gagari’s space flight from 1961 here:


Other Significant Days in April:

International Earth Day

World Health Day

Easter Sunday

International Children’s Book Day

International Day for Street Children