Today in computer history: October 17
The 291th day of 2020. It's a leap year and there are 75 days left in the year from this day.
132 years ago
Thomas Edison files for a patent for the Optical Phonograph (film camera).
47 years ago
U.S. Patent 3,906,166 was filed for a radio telephone system, which helps paves the way for what we know today as a cell phone.
36 years ago
30 years ago
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was launched.
26 years ago
Perl 5.000 was released.
17 years ago
Apple adds iTunes support for Microsoft Windows computers.
15 years ago
The Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $15m to the Computer History Museum.
13 years ago
Acer completes acquisition of Gateway.
8 years ago
The Ultra High Definition standard for televisions was announced by the Consumer Electronics Association.
7 years ago
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 was released.
7 years ago
Microsoft released Windows 8.1.
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