First private re-entry from low-earth orbit

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft becomes the first privately developed spacecraft to return to Earth from a low Earth orbit. The spacecraft flies for a total of three hours and twenty minutes at an altitude of 182 miles before returning to Earth.

Launches Falcon 9 off California coast

The Company launches its most powerful rocket to date, a nine-engine Falcon 9, from Vandenberg, California just after 9:00 a.m. The rocket is carrying the Cassiope weather satellite.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany

Thiel is born in Frankfurt, Germany. His father, Klaus, is an engineer who moves the family to Cleveland, Ohio when Thiel is one year old.