While in orbit he was promoted "in the field" from the lowly rank of Second Lieutenant to Major - and this was the rank at which TASS announced him in its triumphant statement during the flight.
I see the earth! It is beautiful! [first words ever spoken by a human in outer space]
Yuriy Alekseevich Gagarin
Klushino, Gzhatskiy rayon, Zapadnaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Gagarinskiy rayon, Smolenskskaya oblast, Russia]
Novoselovo, Kirzhachskiy rayon, Vladimirskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]