September 20, 2000 – Cosmonaut Gherman Titov dies

Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov (born September 11, 1935 in the village of Verkhnie Zhilino) died on September 20, 2000. He was found dead in the sauna of his Moscow home. He died of a heart-attack. Titov was the second human to orbit the earth, preceded only by Yuri Gagarin, although Titov was the first man to make a complete orbit of the Earth.

Wikipedia says:

“Following his spaceflight, Titov went on to assume various senior positions in the Soviet space programme until his retirement in 1992. In 1995 he was elected to the State Duma as a member of the Communist Party. He died of cardiac arrest in his sauna at the age of 65 in Moscow. He was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery. Titov’s family has established a fund in Houston towards NASA’s research center”


~ by tellinghistory on September 20, 2007.

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