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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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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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Jamini Roy’s 130th Birthday ()
Jamini Roy’s 130th Birthday Date: April 11, 2017 Celebrated modernist Jamini Roy is famous for creating bold artworks reimagining traditional South Asian folk art. During his lifetime he was honored with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, and his works are considered national treasures of India. Born in 1887, he spent his early artistic career studying at the Government School of Art in Kolkata, and by mid-century was exhibiting his distinctive paintings in London and New York. His simplistic style evolved throughout the years, from post-impressionist to paintings created on woven fabrics and inspired by Bengali tribal art. On what would be Jamini Roy’s 130th birthday, we celebrate his significant contribution to the global art world with this Doodle homage, featuring one of his popular subjects. Be sure to check out Jamini Roy’s new exhibit on Google Arts & Culture for an in-depth look at some of his most iconic works, courtesy of the National Gallery of Modern Art. Location: India Tags:
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Misuzu Kaneko’s 114th Birthday ()
Misuzu Kaneko’s 114th Birthday Date: April 11, 2017 Simple and expressive enough for children yet deep and accessible enough for adults, the works of Misuzu Kaneko were nearly lost to time until they were rediscovered four decades later. Misuzu is known throughout Japan as a poet who expressed childlike wonderment and humility simply and beautifully through her words. Born Teru Kaneko in the fishing village of Senzaki, twenty-year-old Misuzu sent her first poems to several Tokyo children’s magazines in 1923. Her mother, who ran a bookstore in the small town of Shimonoseki, ensured her daughter was highly educated. Misuzu became a voracious reader, in turn inspiring her to try her own hand at writing. What resulted were internationally read poems beloved by several generations. Today’s Doodle took its inspiration from Misuzu’s poem “A Bell, A Bird, and Me.” No matter how I spread my arms I can not fly at all, But unlike me, a flying bird Can not run fast on ground. Though I rock my body back and forth It makes no pretty sounds, Yet unlike me, a ringing bell Does not know many songs. A bell, a bird, and also me, All are different, all are good. The poem exemplify Misuzu’s insatiable curiosity about nature and her ability to find the good in adversity. Another early Doodle sketch captures the spirit of her poem “Are You An Echo?”, aired by TV stations to inspire volunteers helping in the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Early sketches by Doodler Sophie Diao Location: Japan Tags: Birthday, Poetry, Kids, Literature
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Bella Akhmadulina’s 80th Birthday ()
Bella Akhmadulina’s 80th Birthday Date: April 10, 2017 “O magic theater of a poem,” Bella Akhmadulina wrote in one of her verses. These characteristic words perfectly capture the Russian poet’s approach to her craft. Marked by dramatic imagery and an emotional delivery, her distinctive work earned her a spot among Russia’s most acclaimed literary voices of the 20th century. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Akhmadulina’s writings focused on everyday life and relationships, rather than politics. Because of this, she faced criticism early in her career. But she persisted and was eventually admitted to the Soviet Writers’ Union, publishing her first volume of poetry, Struna (“The String”), in 1962. She went on to publish many other collections throughout her lifetime and was awarded the State Prize of the Soviet Union in 1989, as well as the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 2004. Along with showcasing her talents in print, Akhmadulina was also famous for her theatrical readings, which drew thousands to venues across Russia. Today’s Doodle brings an animated version of this to the Google homepage, honoring the late poet on what would’ve been her 80th birthday. Location: Russia, Ukraine Tags:
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Finland Municipal Elections 2017 ()
Finland Municipal Elections 2017 Date: April 9, 2017 It's Election Day in Finland, which only comes around once every 4 years. On this day, Finnish people go out to cast their ballots for their city's council, which will in turn appoint offices like the city manager, and the municipal executive board. This year, 295 municipalities elect their councils, all on the same day! FInland’s municipal elections are open to every adult who has lived in Finland for at least 2 years — even if they aren’t Finnish citizens. Today's Doodle honors Finland’s tradition of civic participation. Location: Finland Tags: voting, democracy, ballot, flag, election, national, participation
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Mary Pickford’s 125th Birthday ()
Mary Pickford’s 125th Birthday Date: April 8, 2017 Lights, camera, action! Today’s doodle honors the “Queen of the Movies,” Mary Pickford. An actress, a film director, and a producer, Mary Pickford proved that actors weren’t relegated to careers in front of the camera. She co-founded the film studio United Artists and was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Before she became one of the most powerful women who has ever worked in Hollywood, she was “the girl with the curls,” and one of the most beloved stars of the silent film era. She appeared in as many as 50 films per year, and eventually negotiated wages that were equal to half of each of her films’ profits. She went on to demand full creative and financial control of her films, a feat still unheard of to this day.   She used her stardom to bring awareness to causes close to her heart. She sold Liberty Bonds during World War I, created the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and revolutionized the film industry by giving independent film producers a way to distribute their films outside the studio system. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role in Coquette (1929), and an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 1976. Today, we pay tribute to Mary Pickford’s enterprising leadership on what would be her 125th birthday. Location: Canada, United States Tags: Birthday, Art, cat, camera, film, hollywood, movies, actress, celebrity
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