Many of the innovations we take for granted in the United States, from Google to the wristwatch, were developed either in whole or in part by Eastern Europeans.
This undated photo shows cosmonaut Maj. Yuri Gagarin, the first human to be sent into space, in his space suit. It was the Soviet Union's own giant leap for mankind — one that would spur a humiliated America to race for the moon. Gagarin’s mission happened on April 12, 1961. AP Buy Photo