October 19, 1908 – Soviet cosmonaut trainer, Nikolai Kamanin, was born
Nikolai Kamanin, a famed Soviet aviator and an Airforce Colonel during World War II, was born October 18, 1908. He died March 11, 1982.
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“In 1960-1971, General Kamanin was head of cosmonaut training in Soviet space program. He recruited and trained the first generation of cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin, Gherman Titov and Alexei Leonov. Kamanin was the Airforce representative in space program, a proponent of manned orbital flight and Airforce influence over the space race. His diaries (1960-1971), published in 1995-2001, are among the most important sources documenting the progress of Soviet space program.”