Nobody remembers the monkeys.
Also, few people would remember the first human to fly in space was a Rusky! I didn’t! Yuri Gagarin flew in space April 12, 1961 and finally gave Communists that long-desired excuse to cut loose and substitute the Communist Party theme with a dance-party theme. For one day. From MSNBC:
For Russians, the date is observed as Cosmonautics Day, an annual holiday going back to Soviet times. And for the past 10 years, the rest of the world has been celebrating the occasion as “Yuri’s Night,” which has replaced the Communist Party theme with a dance-party theme.
As of today, the Yuri’s Night website has registered 321 parties in 61 countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam. (And I still have hope for Zimbabwe.) The event’s associate director and director of media relations, Brice Russ, emphasized that the event doesn’t focus on Mother Russia or the Cold War.
In Soviet Russia, space explores you!
Oh, and that dance-party theme is no joke.