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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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Chile National Day 2018 ()
Chile National Day 2018 Date: September 18, 2018 Today is National Day in Chile, celebrated all over the South American country to commemorate the first step on the way to independence, the First National Assembly or Primera Junta Nacional de Gobierno. Chile’s Fiestas Patrias include kite-flying competitions and cooking demonstrations in different cities of the country. In most regions, there’s cueca dancing underneath open-walled ramadas to shield the sun. Friends and family gather for food and drinks, and empanadas, are served everywhere. Fiestas Patrias generally feature empanadas de pino, a version of the savory pastries that comes stuffed with seasoned ground beef, olives, and raisins—a delicious way to celebrate the nation’s heritage. ¡Viva Chile! Happy National Day Chile! Location: Chile Tags:
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Teachers' Day 2018 (Honduras) ()
Teachers' Day 2018 (Honduras) Date: September 17, 2018 Location: Honduras Tags:
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First Day of School 2018 (Bulgaria, Turkey) ()
First Day of School 2018 (Bulgaria, Turkey) Date: September 17, 2018 Location: Bulgaria, Turkey Tags:
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Respect for the Aged Day 2018 ()
Respect for the Aged Day 2018 Date: September 17, 2018 Today Japan celebrates Respect for the Aged Day, a time for honoring elder citizens that dates back to 1947, when the small town of Taka started Toshiyori no Hi or Old Folks’ Day. The idea caught on quickly and soon the celebration spread all over Japan, becoming a national holiday in 1966. It’s now celebrated every third Monday in September. On this day restaurants provide complimentary meals to seniors, children present gifts to older family members, and volunteers deliver free bento boxes to the homebound, while public musical performances are organized for free. For years it was tradition for the Japanese government to give a silver sakazuki plate to anyone who lived to be 100. But too many people were turning 100 and the program became too expensive! People in Japan have the second longest lifespan in the world next to Monaco. Respect for the Aged Day is more about thought and consideration than any gift, though. Handmade creations from a child are often gifted to older members of their family. Even phone calls or simple acts of kindness are great ways to celebrate this holiday. Happy Respect for the Aged Day! Location: Japan Tags:
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Mexico Independence Day 2018 ()
Mexico Independence Day 2018 Date: September 16, 2018 Today Mexico celebrates the independence movement that began with El Grito – a cry for freedom – in the village of Dolores, Guanajuato. In cities all over Mexico a full day of parties usually begins the night before, with citizens chanting in unison,  “¡Viva México!” Brass bands fill the streets, columns of willow and palm are set aflame, and fireworks light up the sky. Mexican food is central to the celebration—street vendors sell tamales while party foods like queso fundido are usually consumed at home. After a long night of partying, a hearty bowl of menudo soup is a fortifying and restorative meal. Today’s Doodle shows a street vendor handing out Mexican flags, which are omnipresent on this day in public spaces and outside homes. Its colors feature in people’s outfits as well: green for independence, white for the Roman Catholic Church, and red for unity. Happy National Day, Mexico! Doodle by guest artist Rafael Mayani. Location: Mexico Tags: National Holiday, Guest Artist
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Guatemala Independence Day 2018 ()
Guatemala Independence Day 2018 Date: September 15, 2018 Guatemala is situated just south of Mexico and boasts volcanoes, rainforests and Mayan ruins, and a multitude of diverse landscapes. Guatemala’s national day falls on the same date as Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador as these countries jointly declared independence from the King of Spain in 1821 in a peaceful exchange of leadership. Guatemalans celebrate the day by wearing blue and white, the colors of their flag, participating in parades, and carrying freedom torches (Antorchas de la Independencia) from town to town, in processionals. There is a single freedom torch which is initially lit in Guatemala’s capital city of Antigua and goes to all five of the Central American countries with linked independence days. Today’s Doodle references Antigua’s landmark Santa Catalina Arch. Also depicted is the orchid, one of Guatemala’s best-loved flowers. The white nun orchid, one of 1,000 species native to Guatemala, is officially designated as the national flower, symbolizing peace. Happy Independence Day, Guatemala! Location: Guatemala Tags:
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Costa Rica Independence Day 2018 ()
Costa Rica Independence Day 2018 Date: September 15, 2018 Today is Costa Rica’s Independence Day, celebrated for nearly two centuries all over this densely forested Central American country. It’s a day to spend with friends and family, enjoying traditional folk music like guanacasteca, Latin cumbia, or Caribbean calypso, and eating tamales wrapped in banana leaves. But first there are the parades. Festivities begin in Costa Rica on the evening of the 14th, with the arrival of the freedom torch from Guatemala. The freedom torch is a flame similar to the Olympic torch, which passes through the five Central American countries that declared independence from Spain in 1821: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Once the torch arrives in Costa Rica the entire country sings the national anthem, which is broadcast at 6 pm. After that the Desfile de Faroles, or lantern parade, begins. Costa Ricans fill the streets carrying lanterns, honoring Dolores Bedoya, the Guatemalan woman who notified her neighbors of freedom by going door to door with a lantern. There’s another parade on the 15th—a day of dancing in the streets, and enjoying food from vendors, traditional dishes like arroz con pollo and fried plantains – plantains being one of the many crops grown in this 51% forested country. Everywhere you look you will see the red, white, and blue stripes of the Costa Rican flag—shown in today’s Doodle. The blue represents the sky, the white stands for peace—Costa Rica’s independence was won peacefully, and the country has not had an army since 1948—and the red stands for the passion and bravery of the Costa Rican people. Happy Independence Day, Costa Rica! Location: Costa Rica Tags: National Holiday, Costa Rica, flag
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El Salvador Independence Day 2018 ()
El Salvador Independence Day 2018 Date: September 15, 2018 Today Salvadorans people celebrate their country’s strength, independence, and culture with festivals and parties all over the Central American nation. Parades of soldiers on horseback fill the streets as attendees eat the national dish, corn cakes called pupusas—all this set to a soundtrack of marching “peace bands.” Today’s Doodle depicts the flag of El Salvador, whose blue and white colors and inscription of “Dios, unión, libertad” connect it to other Central American countries that declared their independence together in 1821. Proud citizens wave the flag all over the country on National Day. The flag is seen against a backdrop of mountains and volcanoes, which are prevalent here.  The most famous of El Salvador’s 20 or so volcanoes is Cerro Cinotepeque, which last erupted in 2013. Independence Day is all about getting together with friends and family and celebrating El Salvador from the mountains to the beaches and the cities. Happy Independence Day, El Salvador! Location: El Salvador Tags:
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Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’s 158th Birthday ()
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’s 158th Birthday Date: September 15, 2018 Living by the phrase “Work is Worship,” Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya—fondly known as Sir MV—devoted his life to engineering. A master of irrigation design, the world-renowned civil engineer became so respected in his field that India celebrates Engineers Day each year on his birthday. While some sources cite his birth year as 1861, after speaking to his family, we’ve learned that Sir MV was actually born a year earlier. He was raised in the rural village of Muddenahalli, located in a region of southwestern India now known as the state of Karnataka. His father, a scholar of the ancient Sanskrit language, lived a simple life, passing away when Sir MV was very young. According to stories passed down over generations, Sir MV had to walk over 60 kilometers to Bengaluru to attend United Mission School, eating the food served at temples around the city and studying under street lamps. After earning a License in Civil Engineering from the University of Bombay, Visvesvaraya began working with the city’s Public Works Division and joined the Indian Irrigation Commission. His expertise earned him the opportunity to study the water supply and drainage of Aden, a port city in Yemen. One of Sir MV’s most notable projects—which we are excited to feature in today’s Doodle—came some time after his return to India. In 1924, he oversaw the construction of his design for the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam, creating the largest reservoir in India at the time, which provided drinking water for several cities. His flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad and his irrigation plans for Visakhapatnam made him something of a celebrity. Still he maintained a life of strict discipline and modesty, rising at 5am each day and working through the evenings. Sir MV cared deeply about education and played a key role in founding the Government Engineering College at Bangalore in 1917, which would later be named after him. Today the modest house where he was born is considered a place of worship for locals. Happy Birthday Sir MV! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Special thanks to the family of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and the Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust for their partnerships on this project. Satish Mokshagundam, President of the Trust, shares his thoughts on Sir MV’s life and legacy: My family is incredibly happy and proud that Google has recognized the achievements of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya the Engineer and Statesman on his 158th birthday. My memories of my grandfather were of him as a strict disciplinarian; be it with his family, associates, visitors, and guests. Despite his sternness he was also very affectionate. His personal staff was well cared for—some worked in his office for over 40 years.   Portrait Courtesy of the Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust As a young child, I required surgery for tonsillitis. During my stay in the hospital, my grandfather sent his personal staff to check on me every two hours. He was 99 years old at the time and despite his busy schedule, he managed to visit me in the hospital every evening. Despite his many achievements, he never forgot his roots. He was simple, honest and committed to his work. On visits to his hometown, he would climb up a nearby hill, sit down, and write down all of his thoughts. It was his contemplative nature that allowed him as a young rural lad, having achieved a Civil Engineering degree, to think outside of the box and start Recreational Clubs, Banks, Chambers of Commerce, Educational Institutions, and a Literary Association for Kannada. His enduring legacy makes me extremely proud to be the Grandnephew of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and the President of the Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust which maintains a Museum of all the artifacts that he collected and other items that he used during his lifetime.   Satish Mokshagundam President, Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust Bengaluru Location: India Tags:
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Caio Fernando Abreu’s 70th Birthday ()
Caio Fernando Abreu’s 70th Birthday Date: September 12, 2018 Born on this day in 1948 in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, Caio Fernando Abreu is one of his country’s most celebrated contemporary writers, whose work explored the LGBTQ+ experience and sensitive themes such as loneliness, alienation, and AIDS. Abreu studied dramatic arts in college and worked as an editor and pop culture journalist before focusing on writing stories, novels, and plays. In 1975 he won honorable mention in a national fiction contest, but he is best known for his collection of stories Os dragões não conhecem o paraíso, which translates from Portuguese as “Dragons do not know the paradise.” First published in 1987, it was eventually translated into French and English and retitled simply ‘Dragons...’ I’ve got a dragon living with me. No, it’s not true. I haven’t really got a dragon. And even if I did have, he wouldn’t live with me. These enigmatic and evocative lines from ‘Dragons…’ reflect the central theme of this work. In Abreu’s fiction “Dragons” represent individuals living at the margins of society—drag queens, gay teens, bisexual men, and a range of others —unknowable, lonely, powerful, untamable, invisible, and perceived by the mainstream as dangerous. Today’s Doodle pays tribute to Abreu’s courageous and compassionate spirit, and his insightful and emotionally charged body of work. Like many Brazilian artists and writers at the time he ran afoul of the DOPS, the "Department for Political and Social Order," a government agency that maintained files on anyone considered a potential enemy of the state. His novel Onde Andara Dulce Veiga (Whatever Happened to Dulce Veiga?) won the Best Novel award in 2000 from the São Paulo Association of Art Critics and he won won three Jabuti Prizes, Brazil’s most prestigious literary honor. Two of Abreu's short stories were adapted into films and plays, and his novel Onde Andará Dulce Veiga became a 2008 feature film, directed by his friend Guilherme de Almeida Prado. Happy Birthday Caio Fernando Abreu! Location: Brazil Tags:
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Teachers' Day 2018 (Argentina) ()
Teachers' Day 2018 (Argentina) Date: September 11, 2018 Location: Argentina Tags:
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First Day of School 2018 (Greece) ()
First Day of School 2018 (Greece) Date: September 11, 2018 Location: Greece Tags:
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Joanna Baillie’s 256th Birthday ()
Joanna Baillie’s 256th Birthday Date: September 11, 2018 The prolific yet soft-spoken Scottish writer, born on this day in 1762, was compared to Shakespeare during her lifetime and is often hailed as one of the greatest female poets of all times. Her first poem, “Winter Day,” evoked the natural beauty of her native Scotland. Her cottage outside London was a hub of the literary scene, where she maintained friendly relationships with many of the important British writers of her time, including William Wordsworth, and Lady and Lord Byron. In the "Introductory Discourse" to her 1798 Plays on the Passions, Baillie set the tone for what would come to be known as English Romanticism. She spent fourteen years working on her ambitious three-part project, a series of comedies and tragedies about love, hatred and jealousy with the stated goal of “unveiling the human mind under the dominion of those strong and fixed passions.” Today’s Doodle depicts some of her best-loved ‘Plays on the Passions’: Ethwald, De Monfort, The Tryal, Basil, and Orra. First published anonymously, Baillie’s plays were the talk of London as readers tried to guess the author’s identity. Despite her obvious talents, she was reluctant to publish at all—"were it not that my Brother has expressed a strong wish that I should publish a small vol: of poetry,” she wrote in a letter, ”I should have very little pleasure in the thought”— but she was determined that her plays (psychological dramas featuring strong female characters) be performed by actors on stage rather than simply read. “I have wished to leave behind me in the world a few plays,” she wrote in the preface to her 1804 collection ‘Miscellaneous Plays,’ “some of which might have a chance of continuing to be acted even in our canvas theatres and barns.” Baillie’s literary legacy is rivaled only by her philanthropy. Though born into a well-off Scottish family, her mother saw hard times following her father’s sudden death. A wealthy uncle’s inheritance helped her and her sister purchase the cottage where she lived and worked for most of her life, but she never forgot the less fortunate, donating half of the earnings from her writing to charity. She wrote an essay in support of chimney sweeps, and advocated for women writers as well as other authors who struggled to provide for themselves. Happy Birthday Joanna Baillie! Location: Australia, Chile, China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vietnam Tags:
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Children's Day 2018 (Honduras) ()
Children's Day 2018 (Honduras) Date: September 10, 2018 Location: Honduras Tags:
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First Day of School 2018 (Romania) ()
First Day of School 2018 (Romania) Date: September 10, 2018 Location: Romania Tags:
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Professor Dorothy Hill’s 111th Birthday ()
Professor Dorothy Hill’s 111th Birthday Date: September 10, 2018 “I couldn’t really see why a woman couldn’t run a university,” said Dorothy Hill, the trailblazing Australian geologist and paleontologist who became president of the Professorial Board at her alma mater, the University of Queensland, in 1971. A pioneer in her field, Hill was the first woman to become a professor at any Australian university as well as the first female president of the Australian Academy of Science. After studying chemistry in at university, Hill took an early interest in the geology of coral. After graduating with honours, she won a scholarship to earn her PhD at Cambridge University, where she published papers on the structure and morphology of coral and earned a pilot’s license in her spare time. In 1939, Hill worked with the Geological Survey of Queensland studying early core samples of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Following the war, Hill continued to win prestigious accolades, becoming president of the Royal Society of Queensland, Chairman of the Geological Society of Australia, Queensland Division, and the first female fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1956. She edited the Journal of the Geological Society of Australia and published more than 100 research papers in various respected journals. In 1964, Hill was awarded the Lyell Medal for scientific research and became the first Australian woman to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Professor Hill retired from the University in late 1972, returning to research her landmark Bibliography and Index of Australian Paleozoic Coral, which was published in 1978. A Dorothy Hill chair in Paleontology and Stratigraphy was endowed in her honor, and the Australian Academy of Sciences now bestows the Dorothy Hill Award for female researchers in earth sciences. Her colleagues at the University of Queensland created a 3D model of her rock hammer for an exhibition at the School of Earth Sciences. Her name was also given to numerous species of invertebrate fossils, including Acanthastrea hillae, Australomya hillae, Filiconcha hillae, and Reticulofenestra hillae. Born on this day in 1907, Professor Hill’s accomplishments inspire countless other young women to pursue careers in academia. Today’s Doodle celebrates the intrepid field researcher, scholar and inspirational role model for future generations. Happy Birthday Professor Hill! Location: Australia Tags:
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Children's Day 2018 (Costa Rica) ()
Children's Day 2018 (Costa Rica) Date: September 9, 2018 Location: Costa Rica Tags:
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Swedish Elections 2018 ()
Swedish Elections 2018 Date: September 9, 2018 Location: Sweden Tags:
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Father's Day 2018 (Latvia) ()
Father's Day 2018 (Latvia) Date: September 9, 2018 Location: Latvia Tags:
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Grandparents' Day 2018 (Philippines) ()
Grandparents' Day 2018 (Philippines) Date: September 9, 2018 Location: Philippines Tags:
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