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13th Anniversary of the 4 unit VLT telescope: Antu, Kueyen, Melipal and Yepun 2012
13th Anniversary of the 4 unit VLT telescope: Antu, Kueyen, Melipal and Yepun 2012
Johann Gottfried Galle's 200th Birthday 2012
Johann Gottfried Galle's 200th Birthday 2012
End of the Mayan Calendar 2012
End of the Mayan Calendar 2012
Edmond Halley's 355th Birthday 2011
Edmond Halley's 355th Birthday 2011
 50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space 2011
50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space 2011
Doodle 4 Google 2010
Doodle 4 Google 2010
Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary 2010
Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary 2010
Milutin Milankovich's Birthday 2010
Milutin Milankovich's Birthday 2010
Anniversary of Belka and Strelka Space Flight 010
Anniversary of Belka and Strelka Space Flight 010
Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa Returns 2010
Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa Returns 2010
Crop Circles 2009
Crop Circles 2009
Discovery of Water on the Moon 2009
Discovery of Water on the Moon 2009
Giovanni Schiaparelli's Birthday 2009
Giovanni Schiaparelli's Birthday 2009
50th Anniversary of NASA 2008
50th Anniversary of NASA 2008
Yuri Gagarin's Birthday 2007
Yuri Gagarin's Birthday 2007
Sputnik - 50th Anniversary 2007
Sputnik - 50th Anniversary 2007
Percival Lowell's 151st Birthday 2006
Percival Lowell's 151st Birthday 2006
Anniversary of Lunar Landing 2005
Anniversary of Lunar Landing 2005
Spirit Lands on Mars 2004
Spirit Lands on Mars 2004
Transit of Venus 2004
Transit of Venus 2004
Lunar X Prize 2004
Lunar X Prize 2004
Earth Day 2003
Earth Day 2003
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000

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Great American Eclipse 2017 ()
Great American Eclipse 2017 Date: August 21, 2017 Skywatchers on the American continent today are in for a special astronomical treat: front row seats to a total solar eclipse. An eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the light of the sun from reaching us.  While eclipses aren’t rare, a total eclipse, when viewers from Earth are at the very center of the moon’s shadow, only happens once every 18 months. To see one requires you to be in just the right place on earth, and a total eclipse in the same location only happens every 375 years on average. Map credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio It’s been 99 years since an total eclipse crossed the width the United States. This year, the 65-mile wide path of totality with sweep, sash-like, across the country—entering the map at Oregon and exiting at South Carolina. The once-in-a-lifetime spectacle will attract an estimated 7.4 million people to areas in the path of totality, including so-called eclipse-chasers, who plan for years in advance and travel from far and wide to get a glimpse of the stellar phenomenon. No matter where you are in the country, if you plan to look at or even toward the sun, be sure to protect your eyes. According to experts, only those in the path of totality are safe to look at the eclipse without protection, and only during totality. Image credit: NASA To learn more about solar eclipse science, you can click beyond the Doodle to Google Search and get some fun facts courtesy of our friendly space aliens. You can learn about a crowd-sourced photo project to capture images of the eclipse as it traverses North America even follow NASA’s live, streaming video of the event.   Visit timeanddate.com to learn more about how the eclipse will appear in your location. Happy viewing, skywatchers! Location: United States Tags: solar, eclipse, total, totality, astronomy, Sciences, photography, aliens, space, stars
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Children's Day 2017 (Argentina, Peru) ()
Children's Day 2017 (Argentina, Peru) Date: August 20, 2017 Location: Argentina, Peru Tags:
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Cora Coralina's 128th Birthday ()
Cora Coralina's 128th Birthday Date: August 20, 2017 Anna Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto Bretas led a simple life selling sweets to the townsfolk in rural Goiás, Brazil, the same place where she was born in 1889. At the age of 76, she had her first book of poetry published, under the pseudonym Cora Coralina. She continued to write under that name and eventually was regarded as one of the country's most important writers. Cora’s poetry is a mirror of her simple and peaceful rural life. She wrote about love and kindness in a light and sweet manner - quite fitting for a lifelong confectioner. One of Cora's poems can be interpreted to say, "Life is not about the starting point, but the journey. If you sow as you walk, you'll have a harvest to reap at the end". In her own, unique way, she cultivated a rich world that continues to nourish her readers. Happy birthday, Cora! Location: Brazil Tags:
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Indonesia Independence Day 2017 ()
Indonesia Independence Day 2017 Date: August 17, 2017 Today we celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day, known locally as Hari Kemerdekaan.  In the country’s capital of Jakarta and other large cities throughout the archipelago, this historically significant day is celebrated with elaborate parades including marching bands and floats festooned with Indonesia’s red-and-white flag. Flag-raising ceremonies also dominate the day, while performers sing the national anthem of Indonesia. Friends and families bond over activities like sack racing and climbing palm trees (panjat pinang) and show their culinary chops in cooking competitions featuring dishes from a myriad of cultures.   Using whimsical figures and rich colors and patterns, today’s Doodle by guest artist Aditya Pratama encapsulates the spirit of “unity in diversity” (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) the national motto of Indonesia (derived from a 14th-century Javanese poem) that defines the joy of this landmark day. Location: Indonesia Tags: National Holiday, Guest Artist
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Tina Modotti’s 121st Birthday ()
Tina Modotti’s 121st Birthday Date: August 16, 2017 In a fraction of a second, a camera shutter blinks, rendering the world, unchanging, in soft sepia tones. But the photographer herself was never still. Tina Modotti refused to be a silent observer behind her camera lens. After all, “I cannot solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art,” she wrote. Tina’s early photos were mostly abstract — but telephone wires, staircases, and flowers were subjects that turned her lens away from the “problems of life” she couldn’t ignore. She found a match for her political and cultural views in Mexico, and fell in with a group of avant-garde artists including the painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and the poet Pablo Neruda. Her photography switched focus to represent the everyday laborers and extraordinary folk art of Mexico City, which included documenting much of the Mexican mural movement. Tina gave up her camera in 1931, devoting herself fully to political activism. Her body of work is relatively small, but represents how she lived her life: bold, and with conviction. Happy 121st birthday, Tina. Location: Mexico Tags: Birthday, Art, photography, photographer
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Mother's Day 2017 (Costa Rica) ()
Mother's Day 2017 (Costa Rica) Date: August 15, 2017 Location: Costa Rica Tags:
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India's Independence Day 2017 ()
India's Independence Day 2017 Date: August 15, 2017 On August 15th, 1947, the front page of The Times of India jubilantly proclaimed “Nation Wakes to New Life!” Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the Dominion of India, raised the national flag above the Red Fort’s Lahori Gate as a declaration of the country’s newly won independence. The 90-year independence movement was a campaign marked by both peaceful endurance and unwavering patriotism, shaping a strong sense of national identity for the people of India that lives on today. To honor the anniversary, Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik used a unique paper-cut art style to create a Doodle fit for the bold and colorful celebration of today’s events. The Parliament House depicted in her work commemorates this day, this movement, and this triumph of independence. Happy Independence Day to the Republic of India! Check out some of the in-progress work below Black and white sketch Color sketch Paper construction 1 Paper construction 2 Paper construction 3   Location: India Tags: National Holiday, Guest Artist, parliament, peacock
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South Korea National Day 2017 ()
South Korea National Day 2017 Date: August 15, 2017 National Liberation Day, also called Gwangbokjeol (“the day the light returned”), marks South Korea’s independence following the end of WWII.  Today, South Koreans embrace their hard-earned nationhood with patriotic fanfare, participating in parades and community festivals. In South Korea’s capital of Seoul, dignitaries and prominent political figures gather at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Center for the annual ringing of the bell at 12 PM on the dot to commemorate former leaders. Today’s Doodle welcomes National Liberation Day with an intricate rendering of a mugunghwa (botanical name: Hibiscus syriacus), Korea’s national flower. Beloved by Koreans for over a thousand years, this bloom symbolizes perseverance and loyalty — the perfect complement to the country’s flag, known as taegukgi, which is emblazoned with a bold blue and red circle representing the harmony of yin-yang. Location: South Korea Tags: National Holiday, Animation, History
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Pakistan National Day 2017 ()
Pakistan National Day 2017 Date: August 14, 2017 Seventy years ago on the night of August 13th, India was partitioned into two and scores of men, women and children boarded trains to cross a brand new border and enter Pakistan. After months of protests and negotiation, British colonial rulers settled the matter at hand, agreeing to the demands of the Muslim League party.  India would be divided into two, and Pakistan was declared to be an independent nation state for Muslims in the subcontinent. Today people wave the country’s green and white flag, with its crescent in the center during celebrations of Pakistan’s Independence. Fireworks, parades, songs, poetry and colorful lights accompany the occasion, and revelers pay respect to the man billed as the father of the country, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. People also chant, “Pakistan Zindabad,” or, “Long Live Pakistan,” a slogan made popular during the movement for Pakistan’s independence. Happy 70th Independence Day Pakistan! Location: Pakistan Tags: National Holiday, Animation, History
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Father's Day 2017 (Brazil) ()
Father's Day 2017 (Brazil) Date: August 13, 2017 Location: Brazil Tags:
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Mother's Day 2017 (Thailand) ()
Mother's Day 2017 (Thailand) Date: August 12, 2017 Location: Thailand Tags:
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44th Anniversary of the Birth of Hip Hop ()
44th Anniversary of the Birth of Hip Hop Date: August 11, 2017 On August 11, 1973, an 18-year-old, Jamaican-American DJ who went by the name of Kool Herc threw a back-to-school jam at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. During his set, he decided to do something different. Instead of playing the songs in full, he played only their instrumental sections, or “breaks” - sections where he noticed the crowd went wild. During these “breaks” his friend Coke La Rock hyped up the crowd with a microphone. And with that, Hip Hop was born. Today, we celebrate the 44th anniversary of that very moment with a first-of-its-kind Doodle featuring a custom logo graphic by famed graffiti artist Cey Adams, interactive turntables on which users can mix samples from legendary tracks, and a serving of Hip Hop history - with an emphasis on its founding pioneers. What’s more, the whole experience is narrated by Hip Hop icon Fab 5 Freddy, former host of “Yo! MTV Raps.” To dig deeper into the significance of this moment and culture from a personal perspective, we invited the project’s executive consultant and partner, YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen (and former head of Def Jam Records), to share his thoughts: “Yes, yes y'all! And it don't stop!” Today we acknowledge and celebrate a cultural revolution that's spanned 44 years and counting. It all started in the NYC Bronx, more commonly known as the Boogie Down Bronx. Following the fallout from the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway in 1972 that demolished a lot of the neighborhood, times were particularly tough. The youth needed an outlet -  a unifying sound, a beat, a voice to call their own. The Bronx DJ’s and MC’s rose to the task and the city loved them for it. Hip Hop was accessible. A kid with little means and hard work could transform their turntable into a powerful instrument of expression (also illustrating hip hop’s technical innovation). Starting with folks like DJ Kool Herc, DJ Hollywood, and Grandmaster Flash, the grassroots movement created a new culture of music, art, and dance available to the 5 boroughs of the city and beyond. Hip Hop was also rebellion against several norms of the time, including the overwhelming popularity of disco, which many in the community felt had unjustly overshadowed the recent groundbreaking works of James Brown and other soul impresarios from the 60’s. Specifically, they felt that the relatable storytelling and emotional truths shared in soul and blues had been lost in the pop-centric sounds of Disco. So Hip Hop recaptured that connection, beginning with the pioneers who brought back the evocative BOOM! BAP! rhythms of James Brown's drummer, Clyde Stubblefield. It should be noted that early Hip Hop stood against the violence and drug culture that pervaded the time. My dear friend & first client Kurtis Blow once said “On one side of the street, big buildings would be burning down…while kids on the other side would be putting up graffiti messages like, 'Up with Hope. Down with Dope,' 'I Will Survive' and 'Lord, Show Me the Way!’”. The messages of resilience unified a community of people and were the backdrop of hip hop’s beginnings. I won’t pretend I was present when Hip Hop began. I first engaged with Hip Hop music about ten years after its birth, when the culture was still a kid. I’d graduated from college and was working at a bank in Los Angeles. A year later, bored as hell, I quit. On a whim, I rented an abandoned hall and started booking shows. My policy was to provide a stage for the music that promoters were ignoring: punk-rock, reggae, and rap. It turned out to be a winning strategy. One of my very first shows included RUN DMC, and they absolutely KILLED IT. Following the success of those shows, I left LA for NYC and started working for Russell Simmons, who appointed me road manager for RUN DMC just as they were embarking on a European tour. It was December of 1984 and they found nothing but love on both sides of the English Channel. A month later, RUN DMC, along with Kurtis Blow, the Fat Boys, and Whodini, started touring massive arenas across the U.S.. To the rock establishment and corporate music business, hip hop was little more than a fad. But with acts selling out shows around the globe night after night, it was obvious that something bigger was brewing... Hip Hop was disruptive. Ultimately, to me, it shows that people in any situation have the ability to create something powerful and meaningful. The progression of this culture and sound - from Kool Herc spinning James Brown breaks at a block party to Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Drake being some of the biggest forces in music 44 years later - is something that few people at that first party could have anticipated. Hip Hop has done exactly what its founders set out to do, whether wittingly or unwittingly. It placed an accessible culture, relatable to any marginalized group in the world, at the forefront of music. In that spirit, here’s to BILLIONS of people getting a brief reminder that “Yes, yes y’all! And it WON’T stop!” Early explorations & a behind-the-scenes look at the Doodle Turntables_01_Crossfading.gif       Early motion study & prototypes of the turntables hiphop-early.gifhiphop-early2.gif Early animation explorations   Early logo design sketch by Cey Adams   Character concepts for Fab 5 Freddy   Early intro storyboard   Doodle team in front of 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx (From L to R: Perla, Kevin, Pedro, David)   With Cey Adams in his NYC studio (From L to R: Perla, Ryan, Cey, Pedro)   In the recording studio with Fab 5 Freddy (From L to R: Perla, Fab, Kevin, Ryan, Pedro)       Doodle team doing some serious Hip Hop research in NYC (Pedro & David soaking in the art of NYC, Perla brushing up on her breakdancing skills thanks to HUSH tours, & the team getting a hip hop history lesson from Sal Abbatiello & fam) Credits Core Hip Hop Team UX/Art Creative/UX Lead, Animator, Musician - Kevin Burke Art/Animation Lead - Pedro Vergani Designer, Animator - Hélène Leroux Team Lead - Ryan Germick Engineering Eng Lead - David Lu Eng Support - Jordan Thompson, Mark Ivey, Kris Hom, Chris Wilson Eng Manager - Ben McMahan Production Partnerships, Marketing, & Licensing Lead - Perla Campos Program Manager & User Testing Lead - Gregory Capuano   Special thanks to Support Writing support - Jorteh Senah, Matthue Roth Licensing/Agency support - Jay Komas, Jill Trainor, Joy Edgar, Thomas Breslin UX Research - Melinda Klayman Music support, Sound Engineer - Nick Zammuto PR support - Susan Cadrecha, Marni Greenberg Web audio support - Yotam Mann, Chris Wilson Design/Animation support - Matt Cruickshank Animation support - Olivia Huynh Art support - Brian Kaas Partners Executive Consultant - Lyor Cohen Guest artist - Cey Adams Host - Fab 5 Freddy Guest Musician - Prince Paul Consultants - Sal Abbatiello, Mickey Abbatiello, Steve Stoute Agency partners - Mass Appeal, DMG Clearances, Translation Hip Hop Pioneer Participants DJ Kool Herc Grand Wizzard Theodore The Sequence Grandmaster Caz Richard Colón (AKA Crazy Legs) Roxanne Shanté Grandmaster Flash RUN DMC Sylvia Robinson estate Intro Content Credits A Tribe Called Quest footage - courtesy of Video Music Box Licensing/Getty Bronx Rap contest footage - courtesy of Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker/Getty Style Wars footage - courtesy of Public Art Films, Inc. Salt N Pepa image - courtesy of Janette Beckman Location: Global Tags: History, Music, Art, beats, breakbeat, turntable, records, Interactive
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Mountain Day 2017 ()
Mountain Day 2017 Date: August 11, 2017 Mountain climbing as a means of peacekeeping? It’s what Japanese lawmakers envisioned as they made Mountain Day the country’s 16th national holiday.  While Japan is known partly for its hardworking culture and densely packed cities, its people maintain a kinship with nature. Shinto, a religion of the country, ascribes a sacred spirit to natural elements -- including rocks, trees, rivers, and mountains, which cover as much as 70% of the country. As the highest and most well-known mountain in Japan, for example, Mount Fuji’s 8-hour hike to the top is considered an important pilgrimage for tourists and natives alike. Mountain Day is a time for people to take a break and get in touch with the country’s national beauty. Doodle by Lydia Nichols   Location: Japan Tags: National Holiday, mountain, sun, sunset, reflection, nature, Mount Fuji, Mt. Fuji
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Ecuador National Day 2017 ()
Ecuador National Day 2017 Date: August 10, 2017 The people of Quito, Ecuador declared independence from Spain 208 years ago today. While the city of Quito was relatively small at the time, this declaration laid the foundation for sovereignty for the entire country. Today, we celebrate Ecuador National Day with a Doodle that features the awe-inspiring Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve – a national park and biodiversity hotspot that’s nearly twice the size of Rhode Island! If you want to explore the reserve for yourself, you’ll need a boat: the reserve’s forest is submerged in water for two-thirds of the year. This mix of lagoons, swamps, and dry land creates an incredibly diverse ecosystem with over 500 species of birds, 12 species of monkeys, and countless other animals. It’s also just one of 45 protected areas throughout Ecuador, emphasizing the country’s commitment to preserving nature. In the cities of Ecuador – and especially Quito – the streets come alive during the month of August, celebrating the country’s independence with with parades, concerts, and cultural exhibitions. Happy National Day, Ecuador! Location: Ecuador Tags: National Holiday, History, Sciences
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Singapore National Day 2017 ()
Singapore National Day 2017 Date: August 9, 2017 Location: Singapore Tags: National Holiday, Animation
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Kenya Elections 2017 ()
Kenya Elections 2017 Date: August 8, 2017 Location: Kenya Tags:
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Father's Day 2017 (Taiwan) ()
Father's Day 2017 (Taiwan) Date: August 8, 2017 Location: Taiwan Tags:
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Tu Be'av 2017 ()
Tu Be'av 2017 Date: August 7, 2017 Location: Israel Tags: National Holiday, love
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Children's Day 2017 (Chile) ()
Children's Day 2017 (Chile) Date: August 6, 2017 Location: Chile Tags:
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Luang Pradit Phairoh’s 136th Birthday ()
Luang Pradit Phairoh’s 136th Birthday Date: August 6, 2017 136 years ago, Luang Pradit Phairoh was born Sorn Silapabanleng to a musician's family in the Amphawa District of Thailand. As a young boy, he accompanied his father and performed as part of a traditional Thai piphat (musical ensemble) across the countryside. At one of these soirees, his musical genius was discovered by a nobleman, and he encouraged 19-year-old Sorn to move to the capital to study music. Today, he is regarded as the greatest composer of traditional Thai music. Luang Pradit tutored some of Thailand’s finest musicians and composers, including King Rama VII and Her Majestic Queen Rambhai Barni. In 1925, he was titled ‘Luang’ (a title similar to ‘Sir’), and in keeping with the tradition of the times, was also renamed with the honorific, Pradit Phairoh – loosely translated as ‘Master of Symphony’). Today’s Doodle depicts Luang Pradit Phairoh, against the backdrop of the ranat ek – a type of xylophone that forms the centerpiece of a traditional piphat. Luang Pradit was particularly known for his mastery of this instrument. Here are a few earlier drafts of the Doodle. Location: Thailand Tags:
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