On October 17, 1832, Jacob Ijams was killed by a locomotive of the B&O Railroad while asleep on the tracks near “Crum’s Farm.”
On October 17, 1849, The Examiner carried a story proclaiming that the primary streets in Frederick would soon be lighted by gas lamps.
On October 17, 1859, the Frederick militia went to Harper's Ferry to put down John Brown's insurrection.
On October 17, 1959, the Frederick County Board of Education authorized the funds necessary to operate Frederick Community College.
On October 17, 2002, the Board of Trustees of Hood College voted to permit male students to board at the 109-year-old school, beginning in the 2003-2004 school year. Men were first admitted as day students in 1971.
On October 17, 2008, Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, visited Great Stuff by Paul, an antique store at the corner of East Sixth Street and North East Street in Frederick. She made two small purchases.
On October 17, 2008, the 16-foot Coca-Cola bottle, which had adorned the top of that beverage’s plant on North Market Street at East Street in Frederick for more than 40 years, was removed. Plans were to install it at the Coca-Cola plant in Hagerstown.