I'm currently reading a dutch book about the earlier days of manned spaceflight (Ruimtevaart B. van der Klaauw). Published in 1962
In a chapter about Vostok 1 the book reads as following
Translated Dutch to English
There seems to be some confusion about the messages received about the landing. First there were claims that Gagarin had ejected from the capsule at a specific height, but there were also claims that he landed on the ground while still being seated inside the capsule. We know the Vostok was equiped with an ejection system but we now know Gagarin did not make use of it
As we all know by now in 2021 Gagarin did make use of the ejection system, but why does this book say otherwise. Was it first not known publicly that Gagarin did indeed ejected?
The book does later state that Titov made use of the ejection seat on Vostok 2