Today is the 79th birthday of V V Tereshkova… the first woman in space. Her flight was two years after that of the first man in space, Yu A Gagarin. Valentina Vladimirovna came from a proletarian family… her father was a tractor-driver and her mother worked in a textile mill. Her father was a war-hero who died in the Winter War against the White Finns. She worked in a factory herself and became a cosmonaut because of her skill as a parachutist. The next woman in space was S Ye Savitskaya in 1982. Interestingly, both female cosmonauts remained faithful to Communism.
На многая лета, Валентина Владимировна!