On This Day – July 17th

The internet goes into meltdown, iTunes celebrates another milestone. All on today’s On This Day from TestHuddle.


1997  –  Internet disarray

A programming error temporarily threw the Internet into disarray that meant Major Disruption in Sending Most E-Mail Messages. The incident happened when on the morning of July 17th, 1997, a system operator accidentally uploaded a corrupt database to the Internet’s root domain servers. This resulted in many internet users being unable to send email or access the Web within the .com and .net domains.  The error basically turned the Internet into a numeric system so websites could not be assessed unless someone knew the numeric address of  a website’s server. If you are curious, you can read more on how to crash the internet here


2005 – Another song downloaded on iTunes


On this day in 2005, the iTunes Music Store sold its five hundred millionth song to Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana. Since its launch in 2001, iTunes has become the dominant form of legal music distribution on the internet and has led to the  demise of the popularity of the album in music. If you are curious what song was the 500,000,000th song, it was “Mississippi Girl” by Faith Hill.




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