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.

MovieOctober 17, 1888
132 years ago

Thomas Edison files for a patent for the Optical Phonograph (film camera).

CourtOctober 17, 1973
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.

Gottfrid Warg pictureOctober 17, 1984
36 years ago

Gottfrid Warg was born, Swedish computer specialist and co-founder of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay together with Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde.

MovieOctober 17, 1990
30 years ago

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was launched.

PerlOctober 17, 1994
26 years ago

Perl 5.000 was released.

AppleOctober 17, 2003
17 years ago

Apple adds iTunes support for Microsoft Windows computers.

MicrosoftOctober 17, 2005
15 years ago

The Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $15m to the Computer History Museum.

CompanyOctober 17, 2007
13 years ago

Acer completes acquisition of Gateway.

ComputerOctober 17, 2012
8 years ago

The Ultra High Definition standard for televisions was announced by the Consumer Electronics Association.

MicrosoftOctober 17, 2013
7 years ago

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 was released.

MicrosoftOctober 17, 2013
7 years ago

Microsoft released Windows 8.1.

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