Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934 – 1968) was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race. His capsule Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961.

On 27 March 1968, while on a routine training flight from Chkalovsky Air Base, Gagarin and flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died when their MiG-15UTI crashed near the town of Kirzhach. It is a town and administrative center of Kirzhachsky District in Vladimir Oblast, Russia. The bodies of Gagarin and Seryogin were cremated and their ashes interred in the walls of the Kremlin.

George Smith Patton Jr. (1885 – 1945) was a General of the U.S. Army who commanded the U.S. 7th Army in the Mediterranean theatre of WW II, the U.S. 3rd Army in France and Germany following D-Day and, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. He tragically died on December 8, 1945 in Heidelberg from injuries sustained when his car collided with an American army truck.

Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) the French philosopher and author died in a car accident on 4 Jan 1960 just 2 years after winning the Nobel prize for literature.

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (1900 – 1949) was an American novelist and journalist. She was hit by a speeding automobile in Atlanta on August 11, 1949 and died from her injuries.

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