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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK CO-SIGNED BY: IRINA BASKAKOVA - HFSID 217979

YURI GAGARIN He sign this printed card on the fourth anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which took place five days after the cosmonaut's flight into space Printed Card signed in Ink:

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YURI GAGARIN He sign this printed card on the fourth anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which took place five days after the cosmonaut's flight into space Printed Card signed in Ink: "Gagarin" in Russian as President of the Sociedad de Amistad Soviético-Cubana, 5¾x3¾ card. Moscow, no date but circa April 1965. Countersigned: "I. Baskakova" as Secretary General. In Spanish, translated. In full: "Society of Soviet-Cuban Friendship. On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the glorious triumph of the Cuban town Playa Girón, we send our warm and brotherly congratulations. The heroes of Playa Girón will live eternally in our hearts. We ardently greet the heroic Cuban town that builds Socialism and defends bravely the freedom and independence of its mother county." At the time, Russia was a major financial and military supporter of Cuba. On April 17, 1961, about 1300 Cuban exiles armed with U.S. weapons were landed at Playa Girón on the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) on the south coast of Cuba. Hoping to find support from the local population, they intended to cross the island to Havana but were quickly stopped by Castro's army. By the time the fighting ended on April 19th, 90 men had been killed and the rest were prisoners. The failure of the invasion embarrassed the Kennedy administration, which was blamed by some for not giving adequate support and by others for allowing the invasion to happen. On April 12, 1961, five days before the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Soviet cosmonaut YURI GAGARIN (1934-1968) became the first man in space when he orbited the Earth aboard Vostok 1. In 1968, he was in training for another mission when the Mig-15 he was piloting crashed, killing Gagarin. Fine condition.

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