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SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft into orbit

The Falcon 1 was an expendable launch system privately developed and manufactured by SpaceX during 2006–2009. In 2008, Falcon 1 became the first privately-developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to go into orbit around the Earth. Falcon 1 achieved orbit on its fourth attempt, in 2008 with a mass simulator as a payload.

Denmark refuses euro in referendum

With 99% of votes counted, TV projections showed 53% against and 47% for, promising a comfortable final majority for jubilant ney-sayers. The result immediately echoed across the EU and beyond, with the euro starting to drop in late trading in New York.

Palestinian self-rule in West Bank is agreed

The Israeli prime minister and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation have signed a deal in Washington giving Palestinians control over much of the West Bank. Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat put their names to the 400-page agreement in a low-key ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale

CBS had bought a television manufacturer in April, and in September 1951, production began on the only CBS-Columbia color television model, with the first color sets reaching retail stores at the end of the month. Only 200 sets had been shipped and only 100 sold when CBS discontinued its color television system in October that year.

American Safety Razor Company is founded

American Safety Razor Company is a personal care brand founded in the early 20th century by a merging of the Gem Cutlery Company & Ever-Ready and has been a principal competitor to Gillette for a century and more. The company produces a wide range of personal care, medical, industrial blades and cutting tools.

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