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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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Tama’s 18th Birthday ()
Tama’s 18th Birthday Date: April 29, 2017 Today’s Doodle celebrates little Tama, the beloved stationmaster of Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama, Japan. For many years, the train station was lightly traveled, causing officials to close it in 2004. But in 2007, the railway appointed Tama the calico cat to be the stationmaster. The new local celebrity drew crowds of travelers to see her in her office, where she sometimes wore an official cat-sized cap. Not only did Tama draw tourists to her new cat-themed cafe and gift shop (even the station itself got a cat-themed makeover!), but her celebrity also kept the train service open for local residents. Though Tama passed away in 2015, a new kitty called Nitama (or “Tama the second”) keeps the trains running and poses for selfies with passengers.   Happy birthday to the world’s first feline stationmaster! Doodle by Lydia Nichols Location: Belarus, Cuba, Estonia, Iceland, Japan, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine Tags: Birthday, train, station, station master, cat, Kishi Station, Kishigawa Line, Kinokawa, Wakayama
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Marie Harel’s 256th Birthday ()
Marie Harel’s 256th Birthday Date: April 28, 2017 If not for Marie Harel, born April 28, 1761, brie might have no gooey counterpart. Harel, who’s credited with creating the first camembert in 1791, is said to have encountered a cheese whisperer at the Normandy manor where she worked as a dairymaid. According to legend, a priest (purportedly from the region of Brie) took shelter at Beaumoncel near Vimoutiers during the French Revolution, and he shared his secret for making the now-famous soft-centered cheese. Harel added her own signature, packaging the cheese in its iconic wooden boxes. Like brie, camembert is made from raw cow’s milk, but without cream. The cheese is yellow in color, with an earthy aroma, creamy taste, and an edible white rind. Today, only camembert made from unpasteurized milk receives the designation Camembert de Normandie. The village of Vimoutiers, home of the Camembert Museum, boasts a statue of a cow — as well as one of Harel, who made such a delicious contribution to French cheese culture. Our Doodle celebrates Harel’s 256th birthday with a slideshow that illustrates how camembert is made, step by step. It's drawn in a charming, nostalgic style reminiscent of early 20th-century French poster artists, such as Hervé Morvan and Raymond Savignac. Bon appetit! Location: France Tags:
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Celebrating Freedom Day and Enoch Sontonga ()
Celebrating Freedom Day and Enoch Sontonga Date: April 27, 2017 Today South Africans celebrate Freedom Day! The first post-apartheid elections were held on this date in 1994, and each year this important event is remembered with a public holiday. Today's Doodle also honors choirmaster, poet, and composer Enoch Sontonga, who wrote the first version of Africa’s democratic national anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (“God Bless Africa”), in 1897. Over the years, the song developed and gained popularity, even making it to a London recording studio in 1923. It later merged with the country’s other anthem, “Die Stem” (“The Call of South Africa”). Location: South Africa Tags:
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King's Day 2017 ()
King's Day 2017 Date: April 27, 2017 King’s Day (formerly “Queen’s Day”) is the annual Dutch national holiday in honor of King Willem-Alexander, who turns 50 today. This day is celebrated all over the Netherlands, but Amsterdam is the centerpiece of the festivities, with over 750,000 people traveling here to partake in the fun. The day starts bright and early and calls for partiers to put on their best orange outfits (the national color) and take to the streets in the morning.  On this day, street-selling regulations are lifted, so the entire city becomes an enormous open air flea market for shopping second-hand treasures. Kids sell their toys, artists sell their handicrafts, homemakers sell delicious baked goods...and it’s all found at discounted “friends and family” style rates. This element of the cultural tradition poignantly illustrates the entrepreneurial and community-driven spirit of the country.  Today’s Doodle by Dutch Doodle artist Gerben Steenks salutes the King on his 50th birthday year. Happy King’s Day to all! Location: Netherlands Tags: National Holiday, King, crown, orange, market
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Theodor Kittelsen’s 160th Birthday ()
Theodor Kittelsen’s 160th Birthday Date: April 27, 2017 A nature lover with an affinity for fairy tales, painter Theodor Severin Kittelsen is one of Norway’s most prized artists. Kittelsen was born on April 27, 1857, in the coastal town of Kragerø. At the age of 11, he was apprenticed to a watchmaker, but his budding talent caught the eye of a benefactor. By 17, he was on the path to becoming an accomplished artist, studying in Christiania (now Oslo), Munich, and Paris before returning to his homeland. Norway agreed with Kittelsen. The artist set up his studio near Prestfoss and dubbed it "Lauvlia." He drew inspiration from the beauty in his midst, including Mount Andersnatten overlooking Lake Soneren.  He created scenic paintings in a style described as Neo-Romantic or naive. He also drew illustrations of trolls and animals — sometimes stark and haunting, sometimes whimsical — for children’s books, earning him the nickname “The Father of All Trolls.” In 1908, Kittelsen was named Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. Lauvlia is now a private museum that houses Kittelsen’s iconic work. Today we honor his 160th birthday with a Doodle that reflects the lake he loved, as well as some of his more gothic creations. Location: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Ukraine Tags:
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Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and its Rings! ()
Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and its Rings! Date: April 26, 2017 Saturn, get ready for your close-up! Today the Cassini spacecraft starts a series of swoops between Saturn and its rings. These cosmic acrobatics are part of Cassini's dramatic "Grand Finale," a set of orbits offering Earthlings an unprecedented look at the second largest planet in our solar system. By plunging into this fascinating frontier, Cassini will help scientists learn more about the origins, mass, and age of Saturn's rings, as well as the mysteries of the gas giant's interior. And of course there will be breathtaking additions to Cassini's already stunning photo gallery. Cassini recently revealed some secrets of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus -- including conditions friendly to life!  Who knows what marvels this hardy explorer will uncover in the final chapter of its mission? Cassini is a joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian space agency (ASI). The spacecraft began its 2.2 billion–mile journey 20 years ago and has been hanging out with Saturn since 2004. Later this year, Cassini will say goodbye and become part of Saturn when it crashes through the planet’s atmosphere. But first, it has some spectacular sightseeing to do! NASA's Grand Finale toolkit lets you dive into the gap right along with Cassini. Enjoy the show! Doodle by Nate Swinehart Alternate concept of Saturn's close-up by Cassini :) Location: Global Tags:
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Celebrating Maria Zambrano ()
Celebrating Maria Zambrano Date: April 24, 2017 Maria Zambrano was a prolific Spanish writer, thinker, and philosopher associated with the Generation of ‘36—a literary movement composed of artists, poets, and playwrights who documented the experiences of creative people during the tumultuous times of the Spanish Civil War. On this date in 1988, Zambrano was the first woman to receive the Miguel de Cervantes Prize for her work in the genres of philosophy and essay. This prize honors the lifetime achievements of outstanding Spanish writers who have had profound historical impact. It’s nearly impossible to distill Zambrano’s layered ideologies into just a few words. She centered her thinking on the topics of the person, the word, love, time, creativity, and compassion as it relates to the human condition. She explored the political, the ethical, the vital, the spiritual, the mystical, the phenomenological, the anthropological, the historical, the rational, and the poetic. Zambrano is perhaps most famous for her combination of these areas as a means to understand a new reality: a notion she coined “poetic reason.” This theory applies human emotion and creativity to traditional rational and logical modes of thought, in order to give a new voice of truth to the human experience. Location: Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela Tags:
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Rajkumar’s 88th Birthday ()
Rajkumar’s 88th Birthday Date: April 24, 2017 Today’s Doodle honors Rajkumar, widely considered one of India’s finest and most prolific actors. Beginning in 1953, the method actor’s career spanned 200 films and a wide swath of movie genres and roles, establishing Rajkumar as a dynamic and enduring presence in Kannada cinema. Early drafts of today’s Doodle featured different interpretations of the beloved star’s work. The first illustrates Rajkumar singing and holding the white bird from Kasturi Nivasa, a quintessential Kannada drama and a cornerstone of Rajkumar’s cinematic legacy. Another Doodle draft showcases an array of iconic characters Rajkumar played over a half century of acting. Ultimately the Doodle team decided to feature Rajkumar’s larger-than-life personality beaming at a crowd of moviegoers from the silver screen where his legacy lives on for generations of Indian audiences. Location: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan Tags: Birthday, Art, actor, kannada, pedro vergani, cinema, film
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St. George's Day 2017 ()
St. George's Day 2017 Date: April 23, 2017 Legend has it that he rode to the town of Silene in Libya on a white horse, saved a princess from her untimely end, and slayed a dragon in one fell swoop. Today, that Roman soldier is remembered on St. George’s Day. In 1415, St. George’s Day was pronounced a national feast day and holiday in England. In modern times, he’s commemorated with parades and dancing and the waving of flags. His insignia, a red cross against a stark white background, became England’s flag, and is omnipresent at English football, cricket and rugby matches. Our Doodle captures the magic of St. George as he courageously crusades against the mighty dragon, surrounded by boughs of beautiful roses. The illustration is by guest artist Marina Muun, whose colorful, fanciful work has been featured The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Wrap Magazine and V&A, among many others. Location: United Kingdom Tags: National Holiday, History, Dragon, Roses, Knight, England, Literature, Guest Artist
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France Elections 2017 (Part 1) ()
France Elections 2017 (Part 1) Date: April 23, 2017 Today in France, voters head to the polls for the first round of the presidential election. French citizens will choose from 11 candidates — a record-breaking number. If no candidate wins a majority (the typical outcome), a second round of voting will take place in May. Location: France Tags: elections, voting, democracy, ballot, Current Event
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National Sovereignty and Children's Day 2017 ()
National Sovereignty and Children's Day 2017 Date: April 23, 2017 Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day connects two important pieces of history; it’s when the Grand National Assembly of Turkey convened for the first time in 1920; and when the Turkish Republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated the fledgling Republic to the children who would inherit it. Happy National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, Turkey! Illustrated by guest artist, Ipek Konak Location: Turkey Tags:
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Earth Day 2017 ()
Earth Day 2017 Date: April 22, 2017 Happy Earth Day 2017! Today, we honor the rich, vast Earth that’s sustained generations before us and continues to nurture life and inspire wonder. At an estimated 4.543 billion years of age, the Earth is still the only known object in the Universe known to harbor life. It’s also the densest planet in the Solar System and the largest of the four terrestrial planets. That’s quite an awe-inspiring roster of qualities, if you ask us. Today’s Doodle follows the story of a fox who dreams about an Earth that’s been polluted and adversely affected by climate change. The fox wakes with a startle, and urgently starts making small lifestyle changes to care for the Earth. Along the way, the fox enlists friends – including Momo the cat, and Google Weather’s favorite frog – to join its quest to protect and nurture the environment. To combat things like coral bleaching and pollution, the three eco-rangers are inspired to take action such as eating less meat, carpooling, and unplugging unused electronic devices. That’s some heroic work for tiny animals! Celebrating Earth Day on Google Search But the Earth Day celebration doesn’t end there! By clicking beyond the Doodle to Google Search, you’ll find easy Earth Day tips to help you do your part in saving our planet, including supporting critical conservation efforts such as wildlife conservation with World Wildlife Fund, coral reef conservation with The Ocean Agency, and rainforest conservation with The Jane Goodall Institute. Whatever you do today, we hope you’re able to take a moment to savor and cherish this boundless, stunning Earth that we inhabit.   Early sketches from Doodler Sophie Diao Color script for the slideshow Location: Global Tags:
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Kaimook Chuto’s 79th Birthday ()
Kaimook Chuto’s 79th Birthday Date: April 18, 2017 Today’s Doodle honors Thailand’s first female sculptor, Kaimook Chuto, on what would be her 79th birthday. Named “The sculptor of the royal court” by Queen Sirkit, she is responsible for Chaing Mai’s famous Three Kings Monument, as well as many sculptures of Thailand’s kings and queens. Location: Thailand Tags: Birthday, Art, sculpture, clay
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Esther Afua Ocloo’s 98th Birthday ()
Esther Afua Ocloo’s 98th Birthday Date: April 18, 2017 As both an entrepreneur and an advocate for microlending, “Auntie Ocloo” worked tirelessly to help others like her succeed. Esther Afua Ocloo had only six shillings to her name — less than a dollar — when she made and then sold her first jar of marmalade as a teenager in the 1930s. Esther was determined to expand her livelihood of making marmalade and orange juice, but she needed a loan to increase production, and credit was hard to come by for women with little economic resources. It took persistence and a supply contract to secure the money to start her company, Nkulenu Industries. After traveling to England to learn the latest techniques in food processing, Esther returned home and shared those skills with other Ghanaian women. Perhaps more importantly, she taught them everything she knew about starting and running a business, which put more money in their pockets. She made such an impact that in 1975 she was invited to the first U.N. World Conference on Women. Esther and other advisors knew that lending money to women could have a ripple effect, improving the prosperity and health of the women as well as their communities. But because they lacked collateral, low-income women were often ignored by banks. So in 1979, Esther helped found and became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Women’s World Banking, which provides millions of low-income women with the small loans needed to reach their financial goals. On what would have been her 98th birthday, today’s Doodle shows Esther empowering the women of Ghana with the tools to improve their lives and communities. Location: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay Tags: Birthday, Charity, Microlending
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56th Anniversary of Xingu Indigenous Park ()
56th Anniversary of Xingu Indigenous Park Date: April 14, 2017 Officially dedicated in 1961, Xingu Indigenous Park celebrates its 56th anniversary today. The park is located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso and spans 6,528,530 acres of savannah and forest. Xingu’s primary goal was to protect the social diversity of Brazil’s indigenous people, and was created after a long campaign by activist brothers, Orlando and Leonardo Villas-Bôas. Some of the tribes that call Xingu home are the Kamayurá, Kaiabi, Yudjá, Aweti, Mehinako, Wauja, Yawalapiti, Ikpeng, Kalapalo, Kuikuro, Matipu, Nahukwá, Suyá, and Trumai.  In all, several thousand indigenous people live within the park’s boundaries. Today’s Doodle puts Xingu indigenous culture on full display. Hugged tightly by the all-important Xingu River, the design incorporates Xingu cultural elements like fishing baskets, cassava root, buildings, and headdress. An early concept drawing of the Doodle focused on the wonderful basket weaving the indigenous people have made an important visual element in their culture. Location: Brazil Tags: park, national park, indigenous, people, basket weaving, fishing, huts, child, Xingu Indigenous Park, Mato Grosso, Brazil, cassava, anniversary
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First Day of Bengali Calendar Pohela Boishakh ()
First Day of Bengali Calendar Pohela Boishakh Date: April 14, 2017 Today's doodle marks Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali Calendar. While Pohela Boishakh is a lively festival today, its origins are less fanciful. The Bengali calendar year was developed over 400 years ago by the Emperor Akbar as a way to collect taxes on a specific date every year. When the new year begins, accountants can close their books on the previous year and start fresh. On this day in Bangladesh, the country comes alive with colorful celebrations and parades. Cities and towns gather together to sing traditional songs like "Esho, he Boishakh". They eat Bengali food such as Panta bhaat (a dish of rice soaked in water), and Illish Maas (fried hilsa fish). The main attraction in the capital city of Dhaka is the large Mangal Shobhajatra procession. The streets fill up with a parade of huge masks and creatures, each with its own symbolism, but many meant to drive away evil spirits or inspire courage and peace. The masks are often vibrant and imaginative representations of animals native to Bangladesh, like the owl and tiger you see in today's doodle. Shubho Noboborsho! (Happy New Year!) Location: Bangladesh Tags: Animation, National Holiday
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Teacher's Day 2017 (Ecuador) ()
Teacher's Day 2017 (Ecuador) Date: April 13, 2017 Location: Ecuador Tags:
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Songkran 2017 ()
Songkran 2017 Date: April 13, 2017 Celebrated in Thailand every April 13-15, Songkran is the New Year’s holiday famous around the world for its water festival. For many visitors to the Southeastern Asian country, it’s primarily just an excuse for an epic water battle in the streets of a tropical paradise. For Thai people, though, the holiday is also a time to do good deeds and spend time with family. The name of the holiday is derived from a Sanskrit term that describes the movement of the sun through the sky as the seasons change. Traditionally, Thai people celebrate Songkran by visiting temples to pour water over statues of Buddha, or by visiting elder relatives to pour water over their hands. These acts are known to be symbols of purification — a spring cleaning of sorts. And in a place where daily temperatures reach highs of 88°F in the month of April, it’s easy to see how the tradition might’ve evolved into the all-out splash-fest it is today. The water festival is now so well established, some cities shut down busy streets during celebration days, allowing participants to safely soak anything and anyone that crosses their paths. So if you’re strolling around Thailand in mid-April and a total stranger douses you with water, consider it a compliment! Location: Thailand Tags: Songkran, Animation, National Holiday, Pedro Vergani, water, bowl, flower, drops, silver, reflection
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Celebrating Henrietta Augusta Dugdale ()
Celebrating Henrietta Augusta Dugdale Date: April 13, 2017 On this date in 1869, the Melbourne Argus published a momentous letter. It was written by Australian feminist and suffragist Henrietta Augusta Dugdale, and its demand was simple but profound: equal justice for women. Dugdale made this plea in response to a bill that claimed to secure property rights for women but did not go far enough. Known for using fiery, provocative language, Dugdale called the bill a "poor and partial remedy for a great and crying evil" and a "piece of the grossest injustice." Born in 1827 in London, Dugdale moved to Melbourne in 1852. She soon became a prominent figure in the Australian women's rights movement, and she served as president of the first Victorian Women's Suffrage Society. Her 1883 booklet A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age envisioned a utopian future of equality, intelligence, and social justice. Dugdale's inspiring letters and rousing speeches helped make Australia the second country to grant women the right to vote, in 1902.  Today, we pay tribute to a woman who knew the power of her pen, and used it to fight for equal justice and rights for women. Location: Australia Tags: Birthday, feminist, suffragist, women's rights, voting, equality
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Children's Day 2017 (Bolivia) ()
Children's Day 2017 (Bolivia) Date: April 12, 2017 Location: Bolivia Tags: National Holiday, children, acorns, tree
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