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Yuri Gagarin visits Manchester, 12 July 1961
The chance to see the most famous man in the world draws crowds of people on a rainy day.
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The chance to see the most famous man in the world - the first man in space - draws huge crowds in Manchester for this once in a lifetime event. On his visit to the city, a smiling Gagarin clearly charms everyone he meets, and he touchingly speaks of his own ambitions, and hopes for future space exploration. Sadly, Gagarin was to die in a plane crash in1968 before he could fulfil these dreams.