Socialist Stamps of the Day featuring Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, the first woman and first civilian to have flown to space, in a flight on the Vostok 6 on this day in history, June 16, 1963. Before her recruitment as cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile factory assembly worker. She became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
(Pictured: 1963 USSR stamp, 1986 Cuban stamp, 1965 Hungarian stamp)
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space is depicted in this poster from 1967.
Translation: Our women - our pride!
May Day 1945: Berlin on the day after Soviet liberation forces entered the city.
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Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova (1922-2008), the only female pilot and navigator from Kazakhstan to serve during the Second World War,
From May 1942 she served as navigator, and later became the head of communication of the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment—commonly referred to as the Night Witches, a nickname they were given by the Germans that they terrorized in their nightly raids.
Dospanova made more than 300 combat missions and was seriously injured in April 1943 while making a landing in blackout conditions; she survived the crash but fractured both legs. Three months later, she returned to the regiment to continue fighting, going all the way to Berlin for the victory.
For her courage and bravery, she was awarded the Order of the Red Star, medals for the defense of the Caucasus, for the liberation of Warsaw, and for victory over Germany. Four years before her death, In December 2004, the President of Kazakhstan decreed that Dospanova was to be awarded the title of National Hero for her heroic actions.
she looks way cool
*Those high-tech, space-age, precision ball bearings. Man, no iPhone buyer could be any prouder or happier. ”Soviet Means Excellent.”
Today in history: On April 12, 1961, aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1), the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the earth.
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