Doodles

Google Doodles

The Google doodle is a fun and sometimes quirky spontaneous change that gets made to the Google logo to celebrate or commemorate some holidays and anniversaries as well as the lives of famous artists, pioneers, athletes and scientists.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Discovery of X-ray

Discovery of X-ray

Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila

A group of Google staff get together on a regular basis to brainstorm and decide which events should be celebrated with a doodle. The suggestions and ideas for the doodles come from many sources including Google staff and Google users. The actual doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation. They can’t and don’t try to celebrate every event possible.

The entire listing of Google doodles can be found here; and purchased here as t-shirts and posters.

Relevant Doodles:
15 September 2000: Opening ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Games.
14 February 2002: Skiing at the Winter Olympics.
31 May 2002: World Football Cup in Asia.
13 March 2003: Albert Einstein’s 124th birthday.
4 May 2003Childrens Day.
22 August 2004: Tennis at the Athens Olympic Games.
14 April 2005: Leonardo da Vinci‘s 553rd birthday.
4 January 2006: Louis Braille’s 107th birthday.
11 March 2007: Cricket World Cup.
7 September 2007: Rugby World Cup.
16 May 2008: Invention of the First Laser.
5 July 2008: A celebration of the premiere cycling event, the Tour de France.
15 September 2008: Japan’s Respect for the Aged Day.
12 February 2009: Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday
2 March 2009: Dr. Seuss’ 105th Birthday; author of Left Foot, Right Foot.
29 August 2009: Michael Jackson‘s Birthday; famous for the moon walk.
4 January 2004: Sir Isaac Newton’s 367th Birthday.
31 October 2010: 2500th Anniversary of the Marathon.
8 November 2010: Anniversary of the discovery of X-rays.
1 October 2011: Grete Waitz’s 58th Birthday
29 June 2012: Cycling’s 100th Tour de France
7 August 2013: Abebe Bikila, the Ethiopian runner who won the Rome Olympic Marathon barefoot.
November 14, 2016 Sir Frederick Banting’s 125th Birthday. Baning discovered insulin.

Controversy:
The aim of the Google doodles are to be somewhat fun and spontaneous. There is potentially several hundred different things that could be commemorated each day by Google. This means that there are often many complaints about certain days not being acknowledged by Google. See some of the complaints in the Google doodle support group.

External Links:
About Google Doodles | Doodle Store | Google Group for Doodles

Page last updated: Oct 4, 2017 @ 5:04 am

 
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