Cosmonaut Gherman Titov was the 3rd person to go into space on August 6, 1961. Vostok 2
was the first day-long Soviet space flight.
American Astronaut John Glenn was the third person and first American to go into space on
February 20, 1961. He was beaten by Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov of the Soviet Union.
Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov may have preceded John Glenn, but their competition was
a good-natured one, marked by professionalism, and there is no evidence that it ever led to
American astronaut Alan B. Shepherd was the second person and the first American in space.