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  1. #2651
    7 May 2009
    Rabindranath Tagore's Birthday

    Rabindranath Tagore FRAS was an Indian polymath - poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Author of the "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse" of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European as well as the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. He is sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal".

  2. #2652
    27 May 2014
    Rachel Louise Carson's 107th Birthday

    Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose influential book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

    Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.

    Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some problems she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring , which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.

  3. #2653
    8 May 2009
    100th Giro d'Italia

  4. #2654
    10 May 2009
    Mother's Day 2009

  5. #2655
    16 May 2009
    Norway National Day 2009

  6. #2656
    20 May 2009
    Scientists unveil fossil of Darwinius masillae

    Darwinius is a genus within the infraorder Adapiformes, a group of basal strepsirrhine primates from the middle Eocene epoch. Its only known species, Darwinius masillae, lived approximately 47 million years ago [Lutetian stage] based on dating of the fossil site.

    The only known fossil, called Ida, was discovered in 1983 at the Messel pit, a disused quarry near the village of Messel, about 35 km [22 mi)] southeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The fossil, divided into a slab and partial counterslab after the amateur excavation and sold separately, was not reassembled until 2007. The fossil is of a juvenile female, approximately 58 cm [23 in] overall length, with the head and body length excluding the tail being about 24 cm [9.4 in]. It is estimated that Ida died at about 80–85% of her projected adult body and limb length.

    The genus Darwinius was named in commemoration of the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the species name masillae honors Messel where the specimen was found. The creature appeared superficially similar to a modern lemur.
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  7. #2657
    21 May 2009
    Doodle 4 Google 2009 - US by Christin Engelberth

    Nearly six million online votes helped us pick the winners of this year's Doodle 4 Google competition from a very creative pool of doodles. Today, we're pleased to announce the results.

    Congratulations to Christin Engelberth, a sixth grader at Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. She titled her doodle "A New Beginning" to express her wish that "out of the current crisis, discoveries will be found to help the Earth prosper once more."

    Christin will receive a $15,000 college scholarship, a laptop, and a $25,000 technology grant for her school. Her doodle will be featured on the Google.com homepage tomorrow for millions of people around the world to see.

  8. #2658
    22 May 2009
    Mary Cassatt's Birthday

    Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania [now part of Pittsburgh's North Side], but lived much of her adult life in France where she befriended Edgar Degas and exhibited with the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

    She was described by Gustave Geffroy as one of "les trois grandes dames" [the three great ladies] of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot. In 1879, Diego Martelli compared her to Degas, as they both sought to depict movement, light, and design in the most modern sense.

  9. #2659
    22 May 2009
    Chen Jingrun's Birthday

    Chen Jingrun, also known as Jing-Run Chen, was a Chinese mathematician who made significant contributions to number theory, including Chen's theorem and the Chen prime.

  10. #2660
    25 May 2009
    Jordan National Day 2009

  11. #2661
    2 Jun 2009
    150th anniversary of Yokohama Port Opening

    The Port of Yokohamais operated by the Port and Harbor Bureau of the City of Yokohama in Japan. It opens onto Tokyo Bay. The port is located at a latitude of 35.27–00°N and a longitude of 139.38–46°E. To the south lies the Port of Yokosuka; to the north, the ports of Kawasaki and Tokyo.

  12. #2662
    6 Jun 2009
    25 Years of Tetris – courtesy of Tetris Holding, LLC

    Tetris is a tile-matching video game created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 for the Electronika 60 computer. It has been published by several companies, most prominently during a dispute over the appropriation of the rights in the late 1980s. After a significant period of publication by Nintendo, the rights reverted to Pajitnov in 1996, who co-founded The Tetris Company with Henk Rogers to manage licensing.

  13. #2663
    17 Jun 2009
    Igor Stravinsky's Birthday

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor, later of French [from 1934] and American [from 1945] citizenship. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

    Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Serge Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird [1910], Petrushka [1911], and The Rite of Spring [1913].

    The latter transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His "Russian phase", which continued with works such as Renard, L'Histoire du soldat, and Les noces, was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassicism. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms [concerto grosso, fugue, and symphony] and drew from earlier styles, especially those of the 18th century. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures.

    His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells, and clarity of form and instrumentation.
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  14. #2664
    21 Jun 2009
    Father's Day 2009

  15. #2665
    27 Jun 2009
    Seven Sleepers Day 2009

    Seven Sleepers' Day on June 27 is a feast day commemorating the legend of the Seven Sleepers as well as one of the best-known bits of traditional weather lore [expressed as a proverb] remaining in German-speaking Europe. The atmospheric conditions on that day are supposed to determine or predict the average summer weather of the next seven weeks.

  16. #2666
    3 Jul 2009
    Ramón Gómez de la Serna's Birthday

    Ramón Gómez de la Serna y Puig was a Spanish writer, dramatist and avant-garde agitator. He strongly influenced surrealist film maker Luis Buñuel.

    Ramón Gómez de la Serna was especially known for "Greguerías" – a short form of poetry that roughly corresponds to the one-liner in comedy. The Gregueria is especially able to grant a new and often humorous perspective. Serna published over 90 works in all literary genres. In 1933, he was invited to Buenos Aires. He stayed there during the Spanish Civil War and the following Spanish State and died there.

  17. #2667
    7 Jul 2009
    Anniversary of the publication of Pinocchio

    Pinocchiois a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio [1883] by Italian writer Carlo Collodi of Florence, Tuscany. Pinocchio was carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a Tuscan village. He was created as a wooden puppet but he dreams of becoming a real boy. He is notably characterized for his frequent tendency to lie, which causes his nose to grow.

    Pinocchio is a cultural icon. He is one of the most re-imagined characters in children's literature. His story has been adapted into many other media, notably the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio. Collodi often used the Italian Tuscan dialect in his book. The name Pinocchio is a combination of the Italian words pino [pine, and occhio [eye]; Pino is also an abbreviation of Giuseppino, the diminutive for Giuseppe [the Italian form of Joseph]; one of the men who greatly influenced Collodi in his youth was Giuseppe Aiazzi, a prominent Italian manuscript specialist who supervised Collodi at the Libreria Piatti bookshop in Florence. Geppetto, the name of Pinocchio's creator and “father,” is the diminutive for Geppo, the Tuscan pronunciation of ceppo, meaning a log, stump, block, stock or stub.
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  18. #2668
    10 Jul 2009
    Nikola Tesla's Birthday

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current.

    Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla studied engineering and physics in the 1870s without receiving a degree, gaining practical experience in the early 1880s working in telephony and at Continental Edison in the new electric power industry. In 1884 he emigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen. He worked for a short time at the Edison Machine Works in New York City before he struck out on his own. With the help of partners to finance and market his ideas, Tesla set up laboratories and companies in New York to develop a range of electrical and mechanical devices. His alternating current induction motor and related polyphase AC patents, licensed by Westinghouse Electric in 1888, earned him a considerable amount of money and became the cornerstone of the polyphase system which that company eventually marketed.

    Attempting to develop inventions he could patent and market, Tesla conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. He also built a wireless-controlled boat, one of the first-ever exhibited. Tesla became well known as an inventor and demonstrated his achievements to celebrities and wealthy patrons at his lab, and was noted for his showmanship at public lectures. Throughout the 1890s, Tesla pursued his ideas for wireless lighting and worldwide wireless electric power distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs. In 1893, he made pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices. Tesla tried to put these ideas to practical use in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project, an intercontinental wireless communication and power transmitter, but ran out of funding before he could complete it.

    After Wardenclyffe, Tesla experimented with a series of inventions in the 1910s and 1920s with varying degrees of success. Having spent most of his money, Tesla lived in a series of New York hotels, leaving behind unpaid bills. He died in New York City in January 1943. Tesla's work fell into relative obscurity following his death, until 1960, when the General Conference on Weights and Measures named the SI unit of magnetic flux density the tesla in his honor. There has been a resurgence in popular interest in Tesla since the 1990s.
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  19. #2669
    14 Jul 2009
    Bastille Day 2009

  20. #2670
    20 Jul 2009
    40th Anniversary of Moon Landing

  21. #2671
    22 Jul 2009
    Eclipse 2009

  22. #2672
    23 Jul 2009
    The 40th Anniversary of Comic-Con - Designed by Jim Lee © DC Comics

    A comic book convention or comic con is an event with a primary focus on comic books and comic book culture, in which comic book fans gather to meet creators, experts, and each other. Commonly, comic conventions are multi-day events hosted at convention centers, hotels, or college campuses. They feature a wide variety of activities and panels, with a larger number of attendees participating in cosplay than most other types of fan conventions. Comic book conventions are also used as a vehicle for industry, in which publishers, distributors, and retailers represent their comic-related releases. Comic book conventions may be considered derivatives of science-fiction conventions, which began in the late 1930s.

    Comic-cons were traditionally organized by fans on a not-for-profit basis, though nowadays most events catering to fans are run by commercial interests for profit. Many conventions have award presentations relating to comics [such as the Eisner Awards, which have been presented at San Diego Comic-Con International since 1988; or the Harvey Awards, which have been presented at a variety of venues also since 1988].

    At commercial events, comic book creators often give out autographs to the fans, sometimes in exchange for a flat appearance fee, and sometimes may draw illustrations for a per-item fee. Commercial conventions are usually quite expensive and are hosted in hotels. This represents a change in comic book conventions, which traditionally were more oriented toward comic books as a mode of literature, and maintained a less caste-like differentiation between professional and fan.
    The first official comic book convention was held in 1964 in New York City and was called New York Comicon. Early conventions were small affairs, usually organized by local enthusiasts [such as Jerry Bails, later known as the "Father of Comic Fandom", and Dave Kaler of the Academy of Comic-Book Fans and Collectors], and featuring a handful of industry guests. The first recurring conventions were the Detroit Triple Fan Fair, which ran from 1965–1978, and Academy Con, which ran from 1965–1967.

    Many recurring conventions begin as single-day events in small venues, which as they grow more popular expand to two days, or even three or more every year. Many comic-cons which had their start in church basements or union halls now fill convention centers in major cities.
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  23. #2673
    1 Aug 2009
    Swiss National Day 2009

  24. #2674
    5 Aug 2009
    Ilya Repin's Birthday

    Ilya Yefimovich Repin was a realist painter of Ukrainian origin in the Russian Empire. He was the most renowned Russian artist of the 19th century, when his position in the world of art was comparable to that of Leo Tolstoy in literature. He played a major role in bringing Russian art into the mainstream of European culture. His major works include Barge Haulers on the Volga, Religious Procession in Kursk Province and Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks .
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  25. #2675
    6 Aug 2009
    Bolivia Independence Day 2009

  26. #2676
    7 Aug 2009
    Kenji Miyazawa's Birthday

    Kenji Miyazawa was a Japanese novelist and poet of children's literature from Hanamaki, Iwate, in the late Taishō and early Shōwa periods. He was also known as an agricultural science teacher, a vegetarian, cellist, devout Buddhist, and utopian social activist.

    Some of his major works include Night on the Galactic Railroad, Kaze no Matasaburō, Gauche the Cellist, and The Night of Taneyamagahara. Miyazawa converted to Nichiren Buddhism after reading the Lotus Sutra, and joined the Kokuchūkai, a Nichiren Buddhist organization. His religious and social beliefs created a rift between him and his wealthy family, especially his father, though after his death his family eventually followed him in converting to Nichiren Buddhism. Miyazawa founded the Rasu Farmers Association to improve the lives of peasants in Iwate Prefecture. He was also a speaker of Esperanto and translated some of his poems into that language.

  27. #2677
    9 Aug 2009
    Singapore National Day 2009

  28. #2678
    12 Aug 2009
    Perseid Meteor Shower

    A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface. Very intense or unusual meteor showers are known as meteor outbursts and meteor storms, which produce at least 1,000 meteors an hour, most notably from the Leonids. The Meteor Data Centre lists over 900 suspected meteor showers of which about 100 are well established.

    The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail [called the radiant] lies in the constellation Perseus.

    Several organizations point to viewing opportunities on the Internet. NASA maintains a daily map of active meteor showers.
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  29. #2679
    25 Aug 2009
    400th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope

  30. #2680
    28 Aug 2009
    Battle of Flowers in Laredo 2009

    In the town of Laredo, located on the east coast of the autonomous community of Cantabria, the traditional Battle of the Flowers takes place on the last Friday in August. The event came about in the early 20th century, and in 1965 it was declared a Festival of Touristic Interest by the Spanish government.

  31. #2681
    13 April 2018
    Orhan Veli Kanık’s 104th Birthday

    Orhan Veli Kanık cast off the conventions of traditional Turkish poetry in favor of a simpler, plainly human verse that was accessible to all.

    Born in Istanbul on April 13th, 1914, Kanık grew up with a love for literature and the arts, but dropped out of university after a year to work as a civil servant and translator. Poetry remained his passion, and in 1936, four of his early works were published in Varlık magazine, including Oaristys and Düşüncelerimin Başucunda. From 1936-1942, he avidly penned poems for six literary magazines, many written under the nom de plume Mehmet Ali Sel.

    The period of Kanık’s greatest contribution began in 1941, when he and two friends published a daring poetry manifesto called Garip, meaning “strange.” In the introduction, Kanık dismissed the rigidity of traditional poetic styles, breaking form with meter, word choice, and theme. He even considered rhyming and the use of metaphor to be amateur and unnecessary.

    Kanık believed poetry belonged to, and could be appreciated by, all people. Garip advocated for the use of everyday language and unclouded emotion, rather than a separate “poetic language.” The position was considered avant-garde and was initially met with scorn; however, the eponymous Garip movement gained immense popularity and altered the future of Turkish poetry.

  32. #2682
    14 Apr 2018
    Pohela Boishakh 2018

    Today’s Doodle celebrates Pohela Boishakh, the day when colorful street festivals mark the start of a new year in the lunisolar calendar. The calendar was originally commissioned by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, who introduced the calendar to facilitate tax collections in the spring—just after the harvest.

    Pohela Boishakh is a time to start fresh. People often celebrate by cleaning their entire home and decorating it with Alpana, a colorful painting made from rice and flour paste. The holiday is best known for its colorful celebrations and parades, like the one that takes place in Dhaka, [[the capital of Bangladesh) every year.

    In Dhaka, streets are filled with people who come to take part in the Mangal Shobhajatra procession. The procession was first organized in 1989 by the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University in order to symbolize peace and unity regardless of religion, gender, class, or age. The most iconic feature of the processions are the giant, colorful, representations of animals—like the elephant in today’s Doodle!

  33. #2683
    19 Apr 2018
    Alice Salomon’s 146th Birthday

    Today we celebrate the 146th birthday of German feminist, educator, economist and activist, Alice Salomon.

    As was the norm in the late 19th century, Salomon was deterred from pursuing formal education, but she persevered becoming one of the first women in Germany to earn a doctorate degree. Her doctorate essay focused on pay inequalities between men and women.

    Salomon is best known for her work in formalizing social work as an academic discipline. She pioneered the idea of social work education, founding the Social Women's School, and the German Academy for Women's Social and Educational Work.

    In the years preceding the Second World War, Salomon relocated to the US, where she continued her research and social activism as President of the International Women's Federation and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

    The German government honoured her contribution to society by issuing a postage stamp in her memory in 1989.

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  34. #2684
    23 Apr 2018
    St George's Day 2018

    Each year on April 23, England celebrates St. George’s Day, in recognition of the life and lore of the country’s patron saint.

    According to legend, St George was born in present-day Turkey around 280 A.D.. He served as a soldier in the Roman army, rising to the rank of legatus, but was executed by the Emperor Diocletian for his Christian faith.

    Popular legend also celebrates St George’s chivalry and bravery. A fearsome dragon, Ascalon, terrorized the people of a small town and demanded a daily sacrifice to allow them water for their families. One day, it was the turn of the king’s daughter to be sacrificed to the dragon, but St. George rode in on horseback, drew his sword and slayed the dragon — saving the town and the princess’s life.

    Today’s Doodle depicts a group of adorable English children reenacting the legend of St. George and the dragon. The cast of characters are beloved in English folklore. You can spot St. George and his dragon, Robin Hood, and a child dressed as a lion, the symbol of bravery in medieval English heraldry. You can even see Titania and Nick Bottom, a tribute to Shakespeare whose birthday is also today!

    If you find yourself in England, feast on a traditional English meal, and take in the sight of Saint George's Cross flags flying on every street. Happy St. George’s Day!

  35. #2685
    25 Apr 2018
    Hung Kings Commemoration Day

    On the 10th day of the third lunar month, Vietnam celebrates Hùng Kings Commemoration Day [also known as Hùng King Temple Festival day]. An official holiday since 2007, the celebration pays tribute to the Hùng Kings, the 18 emperors of Vietnam who, according to legend, ruled from 2879-258 BC and founded Văn Lang [the former name of Vietnam]. Immortalizing the Vietnamese proverb “when drinking water, think of its source.” Hùng Kings Commemoration Day is a joyous way for young people to learn about their country’s ancestors and ancient rituals.

    Today, celebrants from near and far make the pilgrimage to the Nghĩa Lĩnh Mountain near Việt Trì, where, as the story goes, the first Hùng King, Kinh Dương Vương, is said to have established his kingdom.

    While some gather at the foot of the mountain with sticks of incense and food, others make the procession to the High Temple at the summit, preparing palanquins and sacred offerings, carrying wreaths from the country’s leaders, or dressing in colorful costumes, all accompanied by the sound of bronze drums. Activities like Chèo singing, games of chess, and rice cooking add to the fun.

    Today's Doodle captures the spirit of this vibrant, culturally significant holiday with a depiction of the dragon dance and the colorful banners that lead the march to the temple relic site.

  36. #2686
    25 April 2010
    ANZAC Day 2010 - New Zealand

    Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served". Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps [ANZAC] who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the First World War [1914–1918].

  37. #2687
    25 Apr 2010
    ANZAC Day 2010 - Australia

  38. #2688
    29 Apr 2010
    225th Birthday of Karl Drais

    Karl Freiherr von Drais [full name: Karl Friedrich Christian Ludwig Freiherr Drais von Sauerbronn] was a noble German forest official and significant inventor in the Biedermeier period. He was born and died in Karlsruhe.

    Drais was a prolific inventor, who invented the Laufmaschine ["running machine"], also later called the velocipede, draisine [English] or draisienne [French], also nicknamed the hobby horse or dandy horse. This was his most popular and widely recognized invention. It incorporated the two-wheeler principle that is basic to the bicycle and motorcycle and was the beginning of mechanized personal transport.

    This was the earliest form of a bicycle, without pedals. His first reported ride from Mannheim to the "Schwetzinger Relaishaus" [a coaching inn, located in "Rheinau", today a district of Mannheim] took place on 12 June 1817 using Baden's best road. Karl rode his bike; it was a distance of about 7 kilometres [4.3 mi]. The round trip took him a little more than an hour, but may be seen as the big bang for horseless transport. However, after marketing the velocipede, it became apparent that roads were so rutted by carriages that it was hard to balance on the machine for long, so velocipede riders took to the pavements and moved far too quickly, endangering pedestrians. Consequently, authorities in Germany, Great Britain, the United States, and even Calcutta banned its use, which ended its vogue for decades.
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  39. #2689
    1 May 2010
    World Expo Opens in Shanghai

  40. #2690
    6 May 2010
    UK Election Day

  41. #2691
    9 May 2010
    Mother's Day 2010 - USA

  42. #2692
    13 May 2010
    Father's Day 2010 - Multiple Countries on Various Dates

  43. #2693
    29 May 2010
    Isaac Albeniz's 150th Birthday

    Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual was a Spanish virtuoso pianist, composer, and conductor. He is one of the foremost composers of the Post-Romantic era who also had a significant influence on his contemporaries and younger composers. He is best known for his piano works based on Spanish folk music idioms.

  44. #2694
    29 May 2018
    Alfonsina Storni’s 126th Birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates renowned post-modern Latin American poet and feminist Alfonsina Storni. Also known by her pen-names Tao-Lao and Alfonsina, Storni was a prolific Argentine writer and top literary journalist who was dedicated to women’s rights and gender equality.

    By age 27, Storni had authored six short stories, two novels, and a series of essays including La inquietud del rosal [The Restlessness of the Rosebush, 1916], El dulce daño [Sweet Pain, 1918], Irremediablemente [Irremediably, 1919], and Languidez [Languor, 1920], the latter winning first Municipal Poetry Prize and the second National Literature Prize. Her body of work subsequently led her to become known as one of Argentina’s most respected poets.

    Active in women’s rights since she was 16, Storni was also a member of Comité Feminista de Santa Fé [Feminist Committee of Santa Fe], a leader of the Asociación pro Derechos de la Mujer [Association for the Rights of the Woman], and helped establish the Argentine Society of Writers. Today, Storni is featured as one of 999 women on The Heritage Floor, an artwork which displays names of women who have contributed to society and history, at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

    Depicted in today’s Doodle, Storni’s poem La Loba [The She-Wolf, 1916] recounts her experience raising a son as a single mother while defying patriarchal norms of time:
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  45. #2695
    Jun 2018
    Heinz Sielmann’s 101st Birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates the renowned biologist and documentary filmmaker, Heinz Sielmann. Sielmann is also often recognized as ‘Mr. Woodpecker’, a nickname earned after the release of one of his most beloved wildlife documentaries showing the mysterious lives of Woodpeckers—filmed at times from within the bird’s nest.

    Heinz Sielmann was born in Germany, in 1917, and moved to East Prussia at a young age where his father opened a business of electrical and building materials. Even in his early childhood, Sielmann had a fascination with the natural world; often waking up early to observe birds before school. At the age of 17, after being given his first camera, he traded in his sketches for photographs of his natural surroundings.

    One of Sielmann’s most notable achievements was his development of Carpenters of the Forest which featured the elusive Woodpecker in a degree of depth that had not been seen before. Sielmann placed cameras inside of the woodpecker’s nests and in doing so captured intimate moments between parent and offspring. The film was an enormous success globally and was followed by a book about it’s making. In it Sielmann wrote, “of all the animals that I have worked with, the woodpeckers are my favourites... because I was able to find out many new facts about the biology of these birds.”

    In the late 1950’s, Heinz Sielmann released his first feature film, Les Seigneurs de la Forêt [Lords of the Forest], which was commissioned by the King of Belgium and filmed in what was at the time the Belgian Congo. In addition to the wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, Sielmann was of the first to capture the familial and social nature of Gorillas. This film won first place at the Moscow Film Festival and quickly became one of his most revered films—even being translated into 26 languages. Over the following decades, Sielmann continued to make documentary films and series. In 1971 he photographed for the Academy Award winning film The Hellstrom Chronicle, along with Walon Green, about the threat that insects collectively pose to humans and the struggle between the two.

    Today’s Doodle depicts Heinz Sielmann as he appeared in his popular TV show Expeditionen ins Tierreich, documenting the forest wildlife that surrounds him.

  46. #2696
    2 Jun 2018
    Hermila Galindo’s 132nd Birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates Hermila Galindo’s 132nd birthday. Galindo was a Mexican activist and a champion of women’s rights in the early 1900’s. During a time of political turmoil, Galindo staunchly advocated for equal rights of men and women, especially around primary school education and marriage.

    Hermila Galindo was born in Lerdo, Mexico in 1896, where she began to witness some of the destabilizing unrest that set the stage for her career in political activism. Galindo became impassioned by the importance of women’s rights at a very young age. After the resignation of President Huerta in 1914 Galindo spoke at a celebration in Mexico City. Her speech celebrated the platform of reformist Venustiano Carranza [37th President of Mexico], who overheard her ideas and invited Galindo to join his campaign and later, his administration.

    The following year Hermila Galindo focused her efforts more distinctly on women’s rights and founded the periodical La Mujer Moderna [The Modern Woman]. Her editorial often garnered controversy, but her ability to present and substantiate her suggested reforms gained her credibility. In 1917, Galindo campaigned to become a deputy in Mexico City's fifth electoral district. Despite winning the election in a surprising upset, the results were rejected by Mexico's electoral college, which claimed that law prohibited her election.

  47. #2697
    4 Jun 2018
    Tom Longboat’s 131st Birthday

    Today we celebrate the 131st birthday of Tom Longboat, a Canadian long-distance runner celebrated as one of the greatest marathoners of all time. Longboat was a member of the Onondaga Nation, born in 1887 on Six Nations Reserve, south of Brantford, Ontario. He first began racing in his early teenage years, inspired by Bill Davis, another First Nations runner who finished second in the Boston Marathon in 1901.

    It didn’t take long for Longboat to chase Davis’ legacy. He began racing in 1905 as an amateur and won his first Boston Marathon just two years later, in 1907, making Longoat the first member of the First Nations to win the Boston Marathon. In fact, during his career as an amateur racer, Longboat only lost a total of three races! Two years after winning the Boston Marathon, he went on to become a professional racer. Longboat was one of the first athletes to use a training technique involving rotating training days of hard workouts, easier workouts and recovery days. While these training methods are widely accepted today, he faced skepticism from coaches and media despite consistent victories and multiple world records.

    During his professional racing career, Longboat also served in the Canadian Army as a dispatch runner in World War I. He largely ran across France, delivering messages between military posts. This was dangerous work, and he was actually mistakenly declared dead twice during his service! Once he finished his service for the military, he retired to the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

    Tom Longboat’s legacy lives on as one of Canada’s greatest athletes. Not only is today his birthday, it is officially “Tom Longboat Day” in Ontario!

  48. #2698
    6 Jun 2018
    Sweden National Day 2018

    The National Day of Sweden, June 6, commemorates two notable anniversaries: first, the coronation of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, which marked Sweden’s independence from Denmark. And second, the adoption of a new constitution in 1809 which established a separation of powers between the government’s executive branch [the King] and legislative branch, also known as Riksdag of the Estates.

    While Sweden is celebrated around the world as the home of the Nobel Prize and ABBA, Swedes are even more fond of their national animal [the moose] or traditional symbols like the elderflower, whose small white blooms can be found on beautiful green bushes all over the country in June.

    The mighty moose embodies the Swedish spirit of labor and service. The robust creature was once considered for military deployment as part of King Charles XI’s cavalry in the 17th century. The Swedes still exhibit pride as strong as a moose—much like the one munching flowers in today’s Doodle.

    Stockholm’s Skansen open-air museum is the place to be for Sweden National Day celebrations, thanks to the museum’s founder Artur Hazelius. Proud Swedes gather there on June 6 for flag raising, folk dancing, historical re-enactments, and a visit from the King and Queen.

    Folkets Park in Malmö is a great place to picnic and watch flag parades, readings and musical performances. The elderflowers are in bloom this time of year, so enjoy a glass of fläderblomssaft, elderflower syrup, often homemade, mixed with soda or champagne.

  49. #2699
    Jun 2018
    Dr Virginia Apgar’s 109th Birthday

    Dr. Virginia Apgar came into this world on June 7, 1909. 109 years later, her presence can still be felt in delivery rooms across the globe. That’s because she invented the Apgar score, the first standardized method for assessing a newborn’s health. It looks at 5 factors, which doctors remember by spelling out her last name: appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, and respiration. Apgar first came up with this scoring system in 1952, and it has been used in nearly every hospital birth since.

    Before Apgar’s life-saving invention, she already had a number of impressive accolades under her belt. She was the first woman to become a full professor at her alma mater, the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and was the director of the school’s department of anesthesiology. After Apgar left Columbia in the late 1950s, she devoted the rest of her years to the prevention of birth defects as a director at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis [now the March of Dimes].

    Today, on what would’ve been her 109th birthday, we celebrate a woman whose incredible life’s work continues to touch – and sometimes save – brand new lives every day.

  50. #2700
    10 Jun 2018
    Celebrating Garden Gnomes

    Look amongst the greenery of Germany’s lush gardens and you might spot a red-capped gartenzwerg, or garden gnome. Today’s Doodle - just in time for Garden Day in Germany - celebrates these tiny statues for their big role in German history.

    Gnome figures first appeared in 13th-century Anatolia and re-emerged in 16th-century Italy. The common garden gnome originated in 19th-century Germany from the mining area of Thuringia. Here, local craftsmen are given credit for hand-crafting the gnomes as we know them—with shaggy beards and pointy hats.

    Propelled by local myths and increased leisure time, the gnomes began to find homes in gardens throughout the country. Legend has it they protect these gardens and bring good luck.
    In today’s interactive Doodle, you’ll learn a bit more about how the humble gnome is made. Then, you’ll enlist a group of gnomes to help you decorate a garden of your own!

    Here’s how the game works: Use your trusty catapult to launch your clay gnomes into the farthest reaches of your garden. The farther your gnome travels, the more flowers you plant—and the more points you earn! Once you learn the basics, you can choose from six colorful gnomes with different shapes, weights, and bounciness. Try each one to see which gnome goes the greatest distance towards making your garden the most beautiful of all.
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