Tonight (April 12th, 2007) is Yuri’s night, a celebration of first manned space flight done by Yuri Gagarin, the russian cosmonaut. It is 46th anniversary of the original 1961 event.
I had missed the party last year, but – being Russian and a geek – I am certainly making it this year. There are parties all over the world (124 parties in 35 countries), including where I live currently.
As an aside, I just realised that Russian drinking toast is ‘Поехали’ (Let’s go), which is exactly what Gagarin said on launch. Another historical riddle is now unraveled.