October 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 17

October 17th is officially Spreadsheet Day & National Edge Day.

Welcome to day 290 of the year folks, there are 75 days left of the year.

For those of you who were born on October 17th, your star sign is Libra.

You’re in luck today as we have carefully selected some of the most amazing things that happened on October 17th in years gone by.

Did you know that on this day in 1990, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) was founded? It had started as a personal list of the films that the founder, Col Needham, had seen in the last ten years.

Keep reading for more facts about October 17th in history!

What Happened On October 17 In History?


The Q Awards declared the song “Video Games”, by Lana Del Rey, as the winner Song of the Decade.

Upon accepting the award, she said: "I'm so honored. This is unreal."
Source BBC

Iran attempted to create the world’s largest sandwich at 1,500 meters long but failed due to crowd eating it before it was measured.

Over 1,000 people gathered to put the sandwich together in Tehran in hopes of making into the Guinness Book of World Records. However, the sandwich was just too delicious to wait!

The US population reached 300 million people.

When the US reached 200 million in 1967 some officials believed that 300 million people in the US would threaten the quality of life in America.
Source Wikinews

IMDB (Internet Movie Database) was founded. It was incorporated as a website in January 1996.

OTD in 1990: IMDB (Internet Movie Database) was founded. It was incorporated as a website in January 1996.
It started out as USENET software written by Col Needham in Bristol, England.

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to humanitarian Mother Teresa.

Source YouTube

The American adventure comedy movie “Around the World in 80 Days” premiered in New York, US.

The movie cost $6 million to create and brought in $42 million at the box office. The film also won five academy awards.

Albert Einstein safely arrived in the US after fleeing Nazi Germany.


Infamous gangster, Al Capone, was convicted of income tax evasion.

He subsequently served time at Alcatraz prison.

Thomas Edison filed his patented the Optical Phonograph.

Source Technica

The London Beer Flood, an industrial accident that created a “beer tsunami,” resulted in the death of nine people.

OTD in 1814: The London Beer Flood

Nine regicides of King Charles I were sentenced to death.

Fifty-nine judges signed the death warrant for King Charles I following his trial in 1649, and nine of those were sentenced to death when Charles I returned to England to claim back the throne.

The University of Greifswald was founded in Germany. It was the second university in continental Northern Europe.

Did you know that on this day, October 17th 1990, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) was founded?