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  1. #2001
    Jan 22, 2014
    Grandfather's Day 2014

  2. #2002
    Jan 21, 2014
    Grandmother's Day 2014

  3. #2003
    Jan 12, 2014
    Doodle 4 Google 2014 - Poland Winner

  4. #2004
    Jan 10, 2014
    Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's 217th Birthday

    Baroness Anna Elisabeth Franziska Adolphine Wilhelmine Louise Maria von Droste zu Hülshoff was a 19th-century German poet, novelist, and composer of Classical music. She was also the author of the novella Die Judenbuche.

    In an article for the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, Francis Joste wrote, "The fame of the poetess rests chiefly on her lyric poems, her pastorales, and her ballads. In the poetic representation of nature, few can equal her. The poetical works of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff are imperishable. What makes them so is their originality, the proof that they are the works of a genius. It is this too that gained for their author the well-earned title of 'Germany's greatest poetess.'"

  5. #2005
    Dec 30, 2013
    Daniil Kharms' 108th Birthday

    Daniil Kharms was an early Soviet-era avant-gardist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist.

  6. #2006
    Dec 25, 2013
    Salah Jahin's 83rd Birthday

    Muhammad Salah Eldin Bahgat Ahmad Helmy was a leading Egyptian poet, lyricist, playwright and cartoonist.

  7. #2007
    Dec 6, 2017
    Elvia Carrillo Puerto's 139th Birthday

    Born on this day in Yucatán in 1878, Elvia Carrillo Puerto, known as The Red Nun, or La monja roja, helped propel feminism to the forefront of Mexican politics in the early 20th century. Poet and early feminist Rita Cetina Gutiérrez taught the young Puerto ideas of equality between the sexes, which would form the framework for Puerto’s lifelong work as a socialist and a feminist.

    As Puerto grew up, she dedicated her life to fixing the injustices caused by gender inequality, founding feminist resistance organizations like the Rita Cetina Gutiérrez League [named for her former teacher and mentor]. These leagues would deliver lectures to the public about women's health and the need for women in government.

    Puerto helped get women the right to vote and be elected in the state of Yucatán. She was elected to the legislature in 1923, continuing to fight for women's rights long after serving in that post. Her work would be influential in the introduction of Mexican women’s suffrage nationally in 1953.
    Mexico City-based illustrator Hilda Palafox created today’s Doodle in solidarity with Elvia Carrillo Puerto on what would be her 139th birthday. Today we honor her activism and advocacy, which have led women all over the world to fight for equality and representation.

  8. #2008
    Dec 2, 2017
    United Arab Emirates National Day 2017

    On this day in 1971, the six Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, and Ajman came together at the historic Union House to form a federal union. Ras Al Khaimah joined three months later, thus giving birth to the modern day United Arab Emirates - a young country with an ancient history.

    Today’s Doodle celebrates this historic day with a depiction of two young children in national dress, interacting with an oryx and a falcon — the national animals of the UAE.

    The Arabian oryx is a type of antelope with long straight horns. Because it lives exclusively in the Arabian desert, it has developed the ability to detect rainfall. Entire herds migrate to such locations. The oryx went extinct by the 1970s, but private breeding helped re-introduce the animal into the wild a decade later.

    The falcon, the other national UAE animal, also has deep roots in local culture. Falconry is a beloved sport, its origins dating back to the ancient hunting tradition of the desert nomads. Falcons are so revered, in fact, that they are the only animals allowed to travel in the main cabin of commercial aircraft in the region.
    Last edited by 9A; 04-19-2021 at 04:59 PM.

  9. #2009
    Dec 1, 2017
    Romania National Day 2017

    Romania observes December 1st as Unification Day or Great Union Day. It was on this day in 1918 that representatives from Transylvania, Banat, Crişana, and Maramureş came together in Alba Iulia to merge with the Romanian kingdom under Ferdinand I. Military parades and cultural celebrations commemorate the occasion.

    Today’s Doodle by Romanian illustrator Aitch depicts the country’s rich heritage against the backdrop of a traditional Romanian rug. In it, you can spot national emblems such as the lynx, the hip rose, and the oak. You’ll also find references to deer, mountains, and forests, symbolizing Romania's vibrant landscapes and abundant resources. The country is also famous for its traditional pottery [present on the "L"], such as the red ceramics of Horezu or the burnt clay artifacts from Marginea.

    Finally, the moon is an integral aspect of Romanian folklore and ballads. In the Doodle, the sun and moon appear as well as a traditionally dressed couple reaching out for a kiss.

  10. #2010
    Nov 30, 2017
    St. Andrew's Day 2017

    November 30 is St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland, a national holiday and cultural celebration that involves traditional food, ceilidh dancing, storytelling, and fireworks - with lots of talk and laughter.

    Today’s very special coloring-in Doodle by Scottish artist Johanna Basford is a procession of beloved Scottish symbols, each with a special link to the country’s rich heritage and mythology. Wreathed in the prickly-leaved purple thistle, the unicorn [Scotland’s national animal] leads the parade, symbolizing innocence, purity, power, and joy.

    The highlands and the lochs form the perfect backdrop to the country’s favorite mythical monster — Nessie, otherwise known as the Loch Ness monster. Trailing her is a majestic red deer, Scotland’s largest native land mammal, exploring the country’s much-celebrated bluebell woods.

    The Saltire, the blue Scottish flag emblazoned with a white diagonal cross, heralds the procession. It is believed to be the oldest flag in Europe, and every building in Scotland is required by law to display it on this day.

  11. #2011
    Nov 22, 2017
    Rukhmabai Raut’s 153rd Birthday

    Born on this day in Bombay [now Mumbai] in 1864, Rukhmabai Raut was one of the first women to practice medicine in colonial India. Backed by the British director of Bombay’s Cama Hospital, suffrage activists, and other supporters, Raut set off in 1889 for the the London School of Medicine for Women and obtained her qualifications at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brussels. She then joined a hospital in Surat, serving as chief medical officer the next 35 years.

    As an activist, Raut fought to stamp out child marriage. Married at age 11 to a 19-year-old groom chosen by her mother, Raut refused to live with her husband, winding up at the center of one of India’s most famous 19th-century court cases. Her bravery in defying contemporary Indian social customs attracted scrutiny in the British press and led to the passage of the Age of Consent Act in 1891.

  12. #2012
    Nov 18, 2017
    V. Shantaram’s 116th Birthday

    In 1917, a young 16-year-old boy named V. Shantaram took up a job at a local tin-shed cinema for a sum of 5 rupees per month. Just four years later, he found himself debuting on the same silver screen as an actor in the silent film, Surekha Haran. By 1927, Shantaram had directed his first film, Netaji Palker, launching what would become a six-decade long career marked by technical creativity and an unwavering commitment to using art as an instrument for social change.

    Today’s Doodle depicts three films produced and directed by Shantaram in the 1950s that won him numerous national and international awards. Amar Bhoopali [1951] told the true story of an ordinary cow herder with a natural gift for poetry, set in the days of the Maratha Confederacy. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje [1955], a love story set against the background of classical Indian dance, was among the first films in India to use Technicolor. Do Aankhen Baara Haath [1957] portrayed the tale of a young jail warden who would reform dangerous prisoners into persons of virtue through hard work. Shantaram’s powerful approach to advocating humanism while still exposing injustice made this film a classic.

    In honor of what would have been his 116th birthday, today’s Doodle celebrates V. Shantaram’s lasting impact on Indian cinema.
    Last edited by 9A; 04-19-2021 at 05:17 PM.

  13. #2013
    July 7, 2017
    Tanabata 2017

    Today’s Doodle honors Tanabata, the Japanese summer festival marked on the lunar calendar where two star-crossed lovers – literally, the stars Altair and Vega – intersect.

    The legend behind the festival is romantic and grand. Orihime [Vega] was a gifted weaver, much to the delight of her father, the sky emperor. However, she fell in love with the shepherd Hikoboshi [Altair] and, distracted by one another, they neglected their celestial duties. As punishment, the sky emperor exiled the lovers to opposite ends of the Milky Way. All year, they must work diligently apart from one another – save for the seventh day of the seventh month, when the sky emperor allows them to briefly reunite.

    To mark the occasion, long celebratory streamers are hung in public spaces. People also write down wishes on tanzaku – small strips of colored paper – and attach these to bamboo branches in hopes that the star-crossed lovers will grant them. Traditionally, the wishes were for improved weaving and handwriting skills, but wish-seekers today ask for favors of all kinds.

    In the days leading up to Tanabata, sky-gazers wistfully observe the journey of the two stars through the heavens, hoping for clear weather so that Orihime and Hikoboshi might meet yet again.

  14. #2014
    Jul 5, 2017
    Venezuela National Day 2017

    On July 5, 1811, Venezuela became the first independent state in South America. Venezuelans celebrate this special day with parades, cultural shows, street gatherings, and of course fireworks!

    Like its vibrant heritage of African, Spanish, and indigenous influences, Venezuela's terrain is vast.

    Islands and coastal plains surround the Andes to the north. Along the Orinoco River to the south lie savannas and tropical rainforests.

    Today’s Doodle showcases the Morrocoy National Park in northwest Venezuela. The crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea line the 79,296-acre park, and the sea and the park together nourish hundreds of bird species and ocean wildlife, including flamingos, pelicans, turtles, and dolphins.

  15. #2015
    July 1, 2011
    Doodle 4 Google 2011 - Poland by Martyna Króliszewska

  16. #2016
    Jul 1, 2011
    Dorothea MacKellar's 126th Birthday

    As a poet, Dorothea MacKellar is best known for her vivid and loving descriptions of the Australian landscape. As such, I did my best to capture the brightness of her words, but also keep the doodle a little bit “sketchy” to portray the brevity of her verses.

  17. #2017
    Jun 30, 2011
    Czeslaw Milosz's 100th Birthday

    Czesław Miłosz was a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat. Regarded as one of the great poets of the 20th century, he won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. In its citation, the Swedish Academy called Miłosz a writer who "voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts".

  18. #2018
    Jun 24, 2011
    Festa Junina

    Festas Juninas, also known as festas de São João for their part in celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist [June 24], are the annual Brazilian celebrations adapted from European Midsummer that take place in the southern midwinter. These festivities, which were introduced by the Portuguese during the colonial period [1500–1822], are celebrated during the month of June nationwide. The festival is mainly celebrated on the eves of the Catholic solemnities of Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter.

  19. #2019
    Jan 28, 2009
    Jackson Pollock’s Birthday - Courtesy of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation / ARS, NY

    Paul Jackson Pollock was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

    He was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface ["drip technique"], enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. It was also called all-over painting and "action painting", since he covered the entire canvas and used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style. This extreme form of abstraction divided the critics: some praised the immediacy of the creation, while others derided the random effects. In 2016, Pollock's painting titled Number 17A was reported to have fetched US$200 million in a private purchase.

  20. #2020
    April 20, 2021
    Luther Vandross's 70th Birthday


    Today’s video Doodle, created by Atlanta-based guest artist Sam Bass, celebrates the 70th birthday of multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross—the “Velvet Voice” whose silky-smooth tenor ballads romanced generations with inimitable style and grace.

    Born on this day in 1951 in New York City, Luther Ronzoni Vandross grew up inspired by soul music giants such as Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and Dionne Warwick. At the age of five, he showed a sharp interest in singing, often using the coin-operated recording booths found in stores sprinkled throughout New York City at the time. He truly knew music was his destiny after a Warwick performance blew him away at 13—so he began to write his own songs. After high school, Vandross showcased his tunes at Amateur Night at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Although he never won first place, he joined the theater’s performing arts group “Listen My Brother Revue,” who sang on the 1969 pilot episode of the children’s show “Sesame Street” and gave Vandross his first taste of widespread exposure.

    Vandross’s next big break came when his original composition “Everybody Rejoice” was featured in “The Wiz,” a 1974 Broadway musical later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. From there, Vandross launched himself into dozens of collaborative projects with artists like David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Whitney Houston, and Ben E. King. His knack for infectious hooks also landed him gigs singing commercial jingles for Juicy Fruit and several other major brands.

    In 1981, Vandross launched his solo career and took full creative control to compose, write, and produce his debut studio album “Never Too Much”—the soundtrack of today’s Doodle and the first of 14 studio albums that went either platinum or multi-platinum! A fine-tuned maestro of performance, Vandross took his passionate songs on world-wide tours, where he poured his style into all aspects of live production, from the design of background singers sparkling gowns to the mood-setting stage lights. In 1989, Vandross’s devotion to the live experience set an international milestone when he became the first male artist to sell out 10 consecutive shows at London’s Wembley Arena.

    Vandross’s successful music career culminated in eight Grammy Awards [out of 33 nominations], a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a 1997 Super Bowl half-time show performance, and eight Billboard Top 10 albums.

    Happy birthday, Luther Vandross! The joy your music brings to the world is never too much.
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  21. #2021
    Apr 19, 2021
    Vera Gedroits’ 151st Birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates Russian surgeon, professor, poet, and author Dr. Vera Gedroits on her 151st birthday. Dr. Gedroits is credited as the country’s first female military surgeon and one of the world’s first female professors of surgery, who saved countless lives through her fearless service and innovations in the field of wartime medicine.

    Vera Ignatievna Gedroits was born on this day in 1870 into a prominent family of Lithuanian royal descent in Kiev, then part of the Russian Empire. In her late teens, she left Russia to study medicine in Switzerland. Dr. Gedroits returned home at the turn of the 20th century, and she soon began her pioneering medical career as the surgeon at a factory hospital.

    When the Russo-Japanese War broke out in 1904, Dr. Gedroits volunteered as a surgeon on a Red Cross hospital train. Under threat of enemy fire, she performed complex abdominal operations in a converted railway car with such unprecedented success that her technique was adopted as the new standard by the Russian government. Following her battlefield service, Dr. Gedroits worked as a surgeon for the Russian royal family before her return home to Kiev, where she was appointed professor of surgery at the University of Kiev in 1929.

    She authored several medical papers on nutrition and surgical treatments during her time as a professor, but her talent as a writer was not limited to academics. Dr. Gedroits also published multiple collections of poems, and several nonfiction works, including the 1931 memoir simply titled “Life,” which told the story of her personal journey that led to service on the front lines in 1904.

    Thank you, Vera Gedroits, for pushing the world of medicine forward, even with the odds stacked against you.

  22. #2022
    Apr 17, 2021
    Celebrating Laura Bassi

    Newton’s second law of motion states that an object’s acceleration is dependent on two variables: the force acting on the object and its mass. Apply this law to the momentum of women in science, and Italian physicist and professor—Laura Bassi—arises as a primary force for propelling scientific progress forward. On this day in 1732, Bassi successfully defended 49 theses to become one of the first women in Europe to receive a PhD.

    Today’s Doodle celebrates Laura Maria Catarina Bassi, who was born in Bologna, Papal States [modern-day Italy] in 1711. A child prodigy, she was debating top academics on the history of philosophy and physics by 20; a rare achievement at a time in which women were largely excluded from higher education.

    By 1732, Bassi was a household name in Bologna, and following her thesis defense, she became the first female member of the Bologna Academy of Sciences, one of Italy’s foremost scientific institutions. Due to gender discrimination, her position at the Academy was limited, yet she persisted. Bassi apprenticed under eminent Bologna professors to learn calculus and Newtonian physics, a discipline she spread across Italy for almost 50 years. A lifelong teacher of physics and philosophy, she complemented her education with innovative research and experiments on subjects ranging from electricity to hydraulics.

    Bassi continually fought for gender equality in education throughout her trailblazing career; efforts that culminated in 1776 when the Bologna Academy of Sciences appointed her a professor of experimental physics—making Bassi the first woman offered an official teaching position at a European university.

  23. #2023
    Apr 15, 2021
    Eugène Poubelle’s 190th Birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates Eugène Poubelle, the French lawyer, administrator, and diplomat credited with revolutionizing Paris’s waste management system in the late 19th century. Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Poubelle is forever immortalized in the French word for the trash can: la poubelle.

    Born in Caen, France on this day in 1831, Eugène René Poubelle earned a law degree and began his career as a professor before transitioning into public service. In 1883, he was appointed prefect of the Seine, and he soon came to the conclusion that Paris needed to clean up its act.

    In 1884, Poubelle decreed that Parisian landlords were required to install large, covered receptacles for their tenants’ household trash, and—far ahead of his time—he even mandated three separate bins to facilitate recycling. In 1890, la poubelle was officially inducted into the French dictionary as the term for “garbage can.”

    But Poubelle didn’t stop there. Following a severe cholera outbreak in 1892, he also required all buildings to be connected directly to the city’s sewers, another huge step in the name of urban hygiene. Poubelle’s mandates also catalyzed the development of household waste removal vehicles, early versions of which came in the form of horse-drawn carriages. With the advent of the first automobiles, these prototypical garbage trucks evolved into motorized vehicles in 1897; by the dawn of the 20th-century, this sanitation technology cleared the path for garbage collection to become commonplace not just in French urban centers but nationwide.

  24. #2024
    April 15, 2010
    Children's Day 2010 - Multiple Countries on Various Dates

  25. #2025
    Apr 9, 2010
    Vlasta Burian's Birthday

    Josef Vlastimil Burianwas a Czech stage and film actor, singer, comedian, footballer and film director. In the Czech Republic, he is known as Král komiků [King of Comedians].

  26. #2026
    Apr 16, 2010
    Italian Culture Week

    Italy is considered one of the birthplaces of western civilization and a cultural superpower. Italy has been the starting point of phenomena of international impact such as the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, the Romanesque, the Renaissance, the Scientific revolution,[2] the Baroque, the Neo-classicism, the Risorgimento, Fascism and the European integration. During its history, the nation has given birth to an enormous number of notable people.

    The famous elements of Italian culture are its art, music, style, and iconic food. Italy was the birthplace of opera, and for generations the language of opera was Italian, irrespective of the nationality of the composer. Popular tastes in drama in Italy have long favored comedy; the improvisational style known as the Commedia dell'arte began in Italy in the mid-16th century and is still performed today. Before being exported to France, the famous Ballet dance genre also originated in Italy.

    The country boasts several world-famous cities. Rome was the ancient capital of the Roman Empire, seat of the Pope of the Catholic Church, capital of reunified Italy and artistic, cultural and cinematographic centre of world relevance. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, a period of great achievements in the arts at the end of the Middle Ages. Other important cities include Turin, which used to be the capital of Italy, and is now one of the world's great centers of automobile engineering. Milan is the industrial, financial and fashion capital of Italy. Venice, ancient capital of a great mediterranean seafaring power, with its intricate canal system attracts tourists from all over the world especially during the Venetian Carnival and the Biennale. Naples, with the largest historic city centre in Europe and the oldest continuously active public opera house in the world [[Teatro di San Carlo). Bologna is the main transport hub of the country, as well as the home of the oldest university in the world and of a worldwide famous cuisine.

    Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to date, and according to one estimate the country is home to half the world's great art treasures. Overall, the nation has an estimated 100,000 monuments of any sort [churches, cathedrals, archaeological sites, houses and statues].
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  27. #2027
    Apr 19, 2010
    Feria de Abril

    Seville Fair [officially and in Spanish: Feria de Abril de Sevilla, "Seville April Fair"] is held in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week.

  28. #2028
    Apr 22, 2010
    Earth Day 2010

  29. #2029
    April 22, 2014
    Earth Day 2014

    https://www.google.com/doodles/earth-day-2014 [interactive]

    My colleague, cohort, and coder extraordinaire Corrie Scalisi had recently been on holiday in East Africa, and after a brainstorm session during which I had expounded on the ways I could spell 'Google' using trash, related to me some truly moving facts about the horticultural tendencies of garden-variety dung beetles.

    Most of us are aware of the beetles' propensity for whisking away lumps of dung for their own purposes. Perhaps less known, is the most marvelous side effect dung-rolling has of bolstering soil quality and richness, which in turn fosters tree growth in areas where the beetles live.

    The notion that the 'animals' we share our planet with can cause such positive repercussions within their habitat moved me to focus on the many and varied beings that the Earth has given rise to.
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  30. #2030
    April 22, 2016
    Earth Day 2016

    Tundra and Polar Bear

    Forest and Red Fox

    Aquatic/Ocean, Coral Reef and Octopus

    Grasslands and Elephant

    Desert and Tortoise

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  31. #2031
    Apr 20, 2016
    Mohammed Ghani Hikmat’s 87th birthday

    Today's Doodle celebrates famed Iraqi sculptor Mohammed Ghani Hikmat. Hikmat created well-regarded works such as Scheherazade and Shahrayar, and the Fountain of Kahramana. Many of his sculptures were inspired by the stories in 1,001 Nights — widely know as the 'Tales of Arabian Nights'. An activist as well as an artist, Hikmat was responsible for reclaiming art taken from the National Museum of Iraq during the political turbulence in the early 2000s. His work is displayed in city centers and busy squares as an ode to his deep connection to Iraqi culture.

    Mohammed Ghani Hikmat's final work, "Iraq Rises Again," was finished nearly four years ago. It celebrates the ancestry of Iraq and the collaboration of its multiple ethnic groups in building the country's future. Hikmat is remembered today for his devotion to his people and his beautiful depictions of Iraqi life.

  32. #2032
    Apr 13, 2016
    Songkran Festival 2016

    Songkran Day is one of the most significant holidays in Thailand. Typically celebrated between April 13th and 15th, it marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. There are many ways to celebrate Songkran Day, but most involve getting very, very wet. Water fights erupt throughout Thai streets, sparing no bystanders. As you can see from the Doodle, even a classic Thai TukTuk can’t guarantee a dry ride. We’re delighted to join in celebrating Thailand, the New Year, and this wonderful tradition—now can we please borrow a change of dry clothes?

  33. #2033
    Apr 10, 2016
    Perú Elections 2016

    From forested Loreto to sunny Tacna, Peruvians across the country will choose a new president today. Over 31 million citizens across 25 regions have the opportunity to vote, and the newly-elected leader will guide the country for next five years.

  34. #2034
    April 10, 2019

    First Image of a Black Hole

    A black hole is a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing—no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole. The boundary of no escape is called the event horizon. Although it has an enormous effect on the fate and circumstances of an object crossing it, according to general relativity it has no locally detectable features. In many ways, a black hole acts like an ideal black body, as it reflects no light. Moreover, quantum field theory in curved spacetime predicts that event horizons emit Hawking radiation, with the same spectrum as a black body of a temperature inversely proportional to its mass. This temperature is on the order of billionths of a kelvin for black holes of stellar mass, making it essentially impossible to observe directly.

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  35. #2035
    April 10, 2005
    National Library Week 2005

  36. #2036
    Mar 22, 2005
    World Water Day 2005

  37. #2037
    Feb 8, 2005
    Lunar New Year 2005 - China

  38. #2038
    Mar 20, 2005
    Persian New Year 2005

  39. #2039
    March 22, 2021
    Elena Lacková's 100th Birthday

    Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Czech guest artist Filip Posivac, celebrates the centennial birthday of Slovakian-Romani writer and dramatist Elena Lacková, who is widely considered the first author in post-war Czechoslovakia to tell the story of the Romani people and the persecution they faced throughout World War II.

    Born on this day in 1921 in Veľký Šariš, Czechoslovakia [[modern-day Slovakia), Elena Lacková was raised in a settlement of Romani people—a historically oppressed European ethnic group of Indian origin. Although she was unable to pursue higher education due to anti-Romani laws, Lacková became a talented writer of her own accord, penning poems by moonlight as the only girl out of the 600 children in her settlement with the ability to read.

    In 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia and persecuted its Romani settlements as part of the regime’s Roma Holocaust. Lacková survived these atrocities and became determined to reinvigorate Roma pride through theatre. Her first published work of literature—a play entitled “Horiaci cigánsky tabor” [“The Gypsy Camp Is Burning,” 1947]—depicted the collective hardships of the Romani people during the Holocaust, while providing a new perspective into their culture.

    Lacková’s work continually uplifted the Romani community through literary mediums such as short stories, fairy tales, and radio plays. In 1970, she achieved yet another milestone as the first Romani woman in Czechoslovakia to graduate from university. A pioneer who received countless accolades, Lacková became the first Romani woman to receive one of Slovakia’s highest honors, the Order of Ľudovít Štúr III, awarded i

  40. #2040
    Mar 25, 2021
    Greece National Day 2021

  41. #2041
    March 25, 2013

    Adalbert Czerny's 150th Birthday

    Adalbert Czerny was an Austrian pediatrician and is considered co-founder of modern pediatrics. Several children's diseases were named after him.
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  42. #2042
    Apr 4, 2011
    Senegal Independence Day 2011

  43. #2043
    Apr 3, 2011
    Anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae

    When the doodle team heard that the 119th anniversary of the first ever documented ice cream sundae was fast approaching, we couldn't resist the indulgence. The ice cream sundae is a dessert that's rife with opportunities for reinterpretation and restyling, but the prototypical setup – with ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, strawberries, nuts, and cherries all piled into an elegant glass – is still a classic.

    Even though the first documented sundae was made in 1892, for this doodle I drew inspiration from vintage 1950s soda shoppe decor and magazine advertisements. I also did a fair amount of research at my local ice cream parlor!

  44. #2044
    Hi, Friends.

    You are still here -- I think. You old timers have probably noticed that I often repeat Doodles these days. Sometimes it's an accident, but often it's intentional -- like the one above. It was cheery and appealing. I am trying to save Doodles for important US holidays, but sometimes just can't wait.

    I try to enhance the older ones with a little information from Wikipedia -- many times TMI [too much infomation]. Someone out there might find it interesting. It has been a little tricky posting some of the graphics in Soulful Detroit. I do my best, but occasionally fail, particularly if the Doodle is a video.

    Ralph and I continue to enjoy your interest in this thread. Wish I knew who or where some of you are. At the bottom of the original Doodle there is a map of "Doodle's Reach," which is often very remote and small. However, if the graphic is great, I like to
    share it with you. Please feel free to comment or share one you found or request a topic. I will look for something related.

    Be well and stay safe.

    Nina [9A]
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  45. #2045
    Mar 31, 2011
    Robert Bunsen's 200th Birthday

    http://www.google.com/doodles/robert...200th-birthday [animated]

    Science or chemistry was never one of my stronger classes in school [as the chemically unsound set-up within the doodle might indicate], but I get nostalgic every time I see a chemistry set and a bunsen burner. I think we can all relate to that feeling of anticipation and discovery in the classroom, not to mention feeling just a little more grown up. If only we got to wear the white lab coats too!

    Working on the doodle itself was a bit of an experiment as well. I collaborated with software engineer, Jonathan Tang, giving him all of the artwork assets, which he then recreated using modern web technology. On updated web browsers, you can move your mouse anywhere on the screen to control the intensity of the flame and the level of the fluids in the beakers. It was a pretty intense session getting all of the work done in time for the doodle to launch, but don't worry, we managed to avoid any [major] lab disasters and/or explosions in the process.

    Last edited by 9A; 04-20-2021 at 12:40 PM.

  46. #2046
    March 31, 2018
    Anandi Gopal Joshi’s 153rd Birthday

    In 1886, a young doctor stepped off a ship from America, eager to take up the role of physician in charge of the female ward at Kolhapur’s Albert Edward Hospital. Not only was she India’s first female doctor, but she was only 19 years old at the time. Her name was Anandi Gopal Joshi, and her story is one of courage and perseverance.

    Joshi was married at the age of nine, as was the custom in 19th century India. Her husband encouraged her to continue her education and her interest in medicine. At sixteen, battling ill-health but determined to succeed, Joshi set sail for America. She earned her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania [now known as Drexel University College of Medicine] and returned to India with dreams of opening a medical college for women.

    Joshi’s young life was tragically cut short when she died of tuberculosis before her 22nd birthday. However, her legacy and the path she paved for generations of women continues today. Interestingly, even a crater on Venus is named after her!

    Today’s Doodle is created by Bangalore-based artist Kashmira Sarode who imagines Joshi celebrating her degree.

  47. #2047
    Mar 24, 2011
    Harry Houdini's 137th Birthday

    Harry Houdini [ born Erik Weisz, later known as Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926] was a Hungarian-born American escape artist, illusionist, stunt performer and mysteriarch, noted for his escape acts.

    He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the United States and then as "Harry 'Handcuff' Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.

    In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who imitated his escape stunts.

    Houdini's final buried alive was an elaborate stage escape that featured in his full evening show. Houdini would escape after being strapped in a straitjacket, sealed in a casket, and then buried in a large tank filled with sand. While posters advertising the escape exist [playing off the Bey challenge by boasting "Egyptian Fakirs Outdone!"], it is unclear whether Houdini ever performed buried alive on stage. The stunt was to be the feature escape of his 1927 season, but Houdini died on October 31, 1926. The bronze casket Houdini created for buried alive was used to transport Houdini's body from Detroit to New York following his death on Halloween.

    Houdini made several movies but quit acting when it failed to bring in money. He was also a keen aviator and aimed to become the first man to fly a powered aircraft in Australia.
    Last edited by 9A; 04-20-2021 at 12:53 PM.

  48. #2048
    April 3, 2018
    Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay’s 115th Birthday

    Today we celebrate Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: freedom fighter, art enthusiast, social activist, actor, youth leader, and forward-thinking women’s movement organizer [and all in one lifetime!].

    Chattopadhyay’s contributions to India were numerous. Though widely known for persuading Mahatma Gandhi to call upon women to march with him in the Indian Independence Movement in the early 20th century, she is also credited for reinvigorating the culture of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre, and for using cooperative grassroots movements to pave the way for a higher socioeconomic standard for Indian women around the country.

    Chattopadhyay had a career of ‘firsts’ - from being the first woman to run for Legislative office to setting up some of the first national institutions to archive, protect, and promote Indian dance, drama, art, puppetry, music, and handicrafts. She was also one of the few women of her time to propose that women’s rights, religious freedoms, environmental justice, political independence, and civil rights are all interrelated movements.

    Today’s Doodle by Finland-based Desi artist Parvati Pillai depicts Chattopadhyay surrounded by many of the cultural objects and practices she fought to elevate and protect, including the bhangra, the sitar, the sarangi, Karthak dance, Chhau dance, embroidery, basket weaving, and Kathaputli.

  49. #2049
    April 2, 2013
    Maria Sibylla Merian's 366th Birthday

    The most striking thing about Maria Sybilla Merian was her ability to do two things at once. Firstly, her illustrations boasted impeccable observational and scientific clarity; it's fairly obvious that the entomologist neglected all short-cuts in the rendering of chitinous exoskeletons and dramatic stages in metamorphosis of her subjects. Secondly, Merian's drawings accomplished this with such a flow of line work, crystalline color, and balanced composition as to be sublimely inviting to the viewer. [This is especially remarkable when observing her renditions of specimens that might be, shall we say, less than personable if approached in the wild.]

    While Merian was most known for her depictions of insects, she did cover a range of species across various animal kingdoms. I was inspired by particular painting involving a young iguana, whose curl of the tail coincided nicely with the shape of a lower-case 'g'. I hastened to sketch out a concept based on this notion:

  50. #2050
    Mar 21, 2013
    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro's 167th Birthday

    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was a Portuguese artist known for his illustration, caricatures, sculpture, and ceramics designs. Bordalo Pinheiro created the popular cartoon character Zé Povinho [1875] and is considered the first Portuguese comics creator.


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