28 September

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The day the first private spacecraft launched

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Risking everything he had gained from the sale of PayPal in pursuit of his ultimate goal – enabling human kind to live on planets beyond earth – Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. And, on this day in 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 1 became the first privately owned rocket to enter earth’s orbit.

Since then, the company has continued to break records and is focused on another game-changing breakthrough: developing reusable rockets. Tonight we're gazing upwards, thinking about Elon and his team's incredible vision, and enjoying Harry Craddock's 1930s cocktail The Star. You may consider a Falconi, an adult, classically-styled cocktail, more appropriate.

The Radio Times birthday

Happy Birthday, Radio Times! On this day in 1923 the first ever edition of a magazine that we can barely believe is still going rolled off the presses. The masthead featured the snigger-inducing slogan "The Official Organ of the B.B.C."

For in those days not only the interwebz but even telly were a distant dream, and the Beeb itself was barely a year old. Radio was broadcast for a bare hour a day, in London only, with a break every seven minutes, and only 30,000 households even had a license for the newfangled technology. But things would move on: before 1925 there were eight new stations in other cities, with locally produced programmes.

Today, as even listings dinosaurs like the Yellow Pages crawl into the digital era, the Radio Times is, well, still going strong. We are toasting it with a BBC Cocktail.

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