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  1. #1401
    Apr 27, 2012
    Tato Bores' 85th Birthday

    Mauricio Borensztein , known by the stage name Tato Bores, was an Argentine film, theatre and television comedian, who specialized in political humor. His ironic TV monologues, delivered at a fast pace, became a reference point for generations of Argentines.
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  2. #1402
    Apr 30, 2012
    Queen's Day 2012

    Queen's Day or Koninginnedag was a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 2013 that was succeeded by King's Day or Koningsdag.
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  3. #1403
    May 1, 2012
    Ramón y Cajal 160th Birthday

    Santiago Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish neuroscientist, pathologist, and histologist specializing in neuroanatomy and the central nervous system. He and Camillo Golgi received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906. Ramón y Cajal was the first person of Spanish origin to win a scientific Nobel Prize. His original investigations of the microscopic structure of the brain made him a pioneer of modern neuroscience.

    Hundreds of his drawings illustrating the arborizations ["tree growing"] of brain cells are still in use, since the mid-20th century, for educational and training purposes.

  4. #1404
    May 8, 2012
    Parent's Day 2012

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  5. #1405
    May 10, 2012
    Mahmoud Mokhtar's 121st Birthday

    Mahmoud Mukhtar was an Egyptian sculptor. He attended the School of Fine Arts in Cairo upon its opening in 1908 by Prince Yusuf Kamal, and was part of the original "Pioneers" of the Egyptian Art movement. Despite his early death, he greatly impacted the realization and formation of contemporary Egyptian art. His work is credited with signaling the beginning of the Egyptian modernist movement, and he is often referred to as the father of modern Egyptian sculpture.

  6. #1406
    May 12, 2012
    Edward Lear's 200th Birthday

    Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; and as a [minor] illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry in poem.

  7. #1407
    May 27, 2012
    75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide [1.6 km] strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, California—the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula—to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California. It was initially designed by engineer Joseph Strauss in 1917. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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  8. #1408
    Jun 22, 2012
    Teachers' Day 2012 [El Salvador]

  9. #1409
    Jun 28, 2012
    Sergiu Celibidache's 100th Birthday

    Sergiu Celibidache was a Romanian conductor, composer, musical theorist, and teacher. Educated in his native Romania, and later in Paris and Berlin, Celibidache's career in music spanned over five decades, including tenures as principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Sicilian Symphony Orchestra and several other European orchestras. Later in life, he taught at Mainz University in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Celibidache frequently refused to release his performances on commercial recordings during his lifetime, claiming that a listener could not have a "transcendental experience" outside the concert hall. Many of the recordings of his performances were released posthumously. He has nonetheless earned international acclaim for his interpretations of the classical repertoire and was known for a spirited performance style informed by his study and experiences in Zen Buddhism. He is regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.
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  10. #1410
    June 28, 2012
    JJ Rousseau's 300th Birthday

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic and educational thought.

    Rousseau was a successful composer of music, who wrote seven operas as well as music in other forms, and made contributions to music as a theorist. As a composer, his music was a blend of the late Baroque style and the emergent Classical fashion, and he belongs to the same generation of transitional composers as Christoph Willibald Gluck and C. P. E. Bach. One of his more well-known works is the one-act opera The Village Soothsayer.
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  11. #1411
    Jun 29, 2012
    Josef Ressel's 219th Birthday

    Joseph Ludwig Franz Ressel was an Austrian forester and inventor of Czech-German descent, who designed one of the first working ship's propellers.
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  12. #1412
    Jul 1, 2012
    Canada Day 2012

  13. #1413
    Jul 4, 2012
    Inauguration of Hartland Bridge

    Hartland Covered Bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick, is the world's longest covered bridge, at 1,282 feet [391 m] long. It crosses the Saint John River from Hartland to Somerville, New Brunswick, Canada. The framework consists of seven small Howe Truss bridges joined together on six piers.

  14. #1414
    Jul 20, 2012
    Santos Dumont's 139th Birthday

    Alberto Santos-Dumont was a Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer, one of the very few people to have contributed significantly to the development of both lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air aircraft.

  15. #1415
    Jul 21, 2012
    Belgium National Day 2012

  16. #1416
    Jul 27, 2012
    Opening Ceremony 2012

  17. #1417
    Aug 2, 2012
    Table Tennis 2012

  18. #1418
    Aug 4, 2012
    Pole Vault 2012

  19. #1419
    Aug 3, 2012
    Shot Put 2012

  20. #1420
    Aug 1, 2012
    Field Hockey 2012

  21. #1421
    Jul 28, 2012
    Archery 2012

  22. #1422
    Jul 29, 2012
    Diving 2012

  23. #1423
    Jul 30, 2012
    Fencing 2012

  24. #1424
    Aug 3, 2012
    Shot Put 2012

  25. #1425
    Aug 5, 2012
    Synchronized Swimming 2012

  26. #1426
    Aug 6, 2012
    Javelin 2012

  27. #1427
    Aug 8, 2012
    Basketball 2012

    http://www.google.com/doodles/basketball-2012 [interactive]

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  28. #1428
    Aug 9, 2012
    Slalom Canoe 2012

    http://www.google.com/doodles/slalom-canoe-2012 [interactive]
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  29. #1429
    Aug 11, 2012
    Rhythmic Gymnastics 2012

  30. #1430
    Aug 12, 2012
    Closing Ceremony 2012

  31. #1431
    Aug 15, 2012
    National Liberation Day of Korea 2012

  32. #1432
    Aug 17, 2012
    Indonesia Independence Day 2012

    This is the 67th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia's independence in 1945. An archipelago that consists of over 17,000 islands, 33 provinces, hundreds of ethnic groups, dozens of dialects and a diverse culture that influences day-to-day life from dance to cuisine, the world's fourth most populous country is a growing global economic power.

    Independence day celebrations call for a community gathering in village squares or city neighborhoods to partake in various games where children [[and adults) compete in sack races, eating krupuk [[an Indonesian cracker) or fruit hanging on a string and climbing a pinang tree to reach for a prize, to name a few. Today's Doodle showcases the traditions of this happy occasion.

  33. #1433
    Aug 23, 2012
    Alexander Grin's 132th Birthday

    Aleksandr Stepanovich Grinevsky was a Russian writer, notable for his romantic novels and short stories, mostly set in an unnamed fantasy land with a European or Latin American flavor. Most of his writings deal with sea, adventures, and love.

  34. #1434
    Sep 10, 2012
    Teachers' Day 2012 [China]

  35. #1435
    Sep 11, 2012
    Teachers’ Day 2012 [Argentina]

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  36. #1436
    October 3, 2016
    German Reunification Day 2016

  37. #1437
    Oct 19, 2016
    Kamma Rahbek’s 241st birthday

    Karen Margrethe "Kamma" Rahbek, née Heger was a Danish artist, salonist and lady of letters.
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  38. #1438
    Nov 18, 2016
    James Welch's 76th Birthday

    Today’s Doodle by artist Sophie Diao pays tribute to James Welch, the Blackfeet writer, on what would be his 76th birthday. Through his novels, documentary film, and poems, Welch gave voice to the struggles and humanity of the Native American experience in the United States.

    Thirty years ago, Welch published his best known work, Fools Crow, the story of the Blackfeet people during the period of post-civil war encroachment by Europeans. In this award-winning novel, the Blackfeet seek to continue traditional ways, and to avoid both contact and conflict. As a whole, Welch’s works emphasized the humanity of native peoples and their deep attachment to their homelands. He was considered an early part of what was later dubbed the Native American Renaissance, during which native writers celebrated tribal culture and revealed its complex problems in works readily accessible to the larger American public.

    Welch, who as a young man described himself as an "Indian who writes," gained an international audience. His works were appreciated universally for both their artistic appeal and ability to bring the experiences of the Native American people to life.

  39. #1439
    Jan 13, 2017
    Flora Nwapa’s 86th Birthday

    Flora Nwapa, Nigeria's first published female novelist and Africa's first internationally-acclaimed English-language female writer, held the spotlight for nearly her entire adult life. She was not only an accomplished author, but a publisher, public servant, and activist.

    From Nwapa's first novel, Efuru, published in 1966, to the establishment of her publishing company, Tana Press, Nwapa demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing and highlighting the women of Nigeria. Additionally, she used her books, and the books she published, to introduce Nigeria’s rich culture to a global audience.

    Nwapa served by day in the Nigerian government, becoming the first female Minister of Health and Social Welfare for Nigeria’s former East Central State in 1970. During that time, she worked to reunite children and their parents who were divided as a result of the Biafran War. Afterwards, she became Minister of Lands, Survey, and Urban Development, a position she held until 1974.

  40. #1440
    Jan 14, 2017
    Carrie Derick’s 155th Birthday

    Until modern times, few women were recognized in the world of academia. Carrie Derick, a Canadian botanist and geneticist, upended that norm. Born 155 years ago today, Derick was a trailblazer who fought for women’s rights and helped pave the way for women in education.

    In 1890, Derick graduated at the top of her class from Quebec’s McGill University where she would remain for her MA studies. She went on to attend the University of Bonn in Germany, where she completed enough research to earn a Ph.D in 1901. Unfortunately, she did not receive an official doctorate because the school did not award Ph.Ds to women at the time.

    Derick persevered, continuing in her career as a botanist and geneticist and in 1912, became Canada’s first female professor at her alma mater, McGill University. She continued to teach there until her retirement in 1929, upon which she was made the first female professor emeritus in Canada.

  41. #1441
    Jan 26, 2017
    Australia Day 2017

    Today’s Doodle celebrates Australia's most awe-inspiring feature: its big, blue backyard and treasured natural World Heritage Site: the Great Barrier Reef.

    This vast underwater world is home to a whole host of protected and majestic creatures, including the green turtle, pipefish, barramundi cod, potato cod, maori wrasse, giant clam, and staghorn coral, to name a few. Made up of over 2,900 individual reefs, the earth’s largest coral reef system can be seen from space, and is our planet’s single largest structure made up of living organisms.

    The reef is tightly woven into the culture and spirituality of island locals who cherished it long before it became a popular tourist destination. A large part of the reef is now under protection in an effort to preserve the shrinking ecosystem impacted by heavy tourism.

  42. #1442
    Mar 26, 2017
    Saridjah Niung’s 109th Birthday

    Sukabumi-born Saridjah Niung, better known as Mrs. Soed, was a well-loved musician, teacher, radio announcer, playwright and batik artist in Indonesia. Her music delighted the ears of young children, and to this day, they can be heard singing along to the tune of her most popular songs: ”Hi Pedicab,” “Strong Kids,” and “Butterflies.”

    Along with music for kindergarten-aged kids, she was also revered for her patriotic hymns. She wrote masterpieces during the Dutch colonial years about the Japanese occupation and Indonesia’s independence. Mrs. Soed also wrote the Indonesian national anthem “Fatherland,” and “Berkibarlah Benderaku.”

  43. #1443
    Apr 3, 2017
    Fazlur Rahman Khan’s 88th Birthday

    Today we celebrate structural engineer Fazlur R. Khan's 88th birthday.

    Below, get a glimpse of his life, accomplishments, and passions in the words of his daughter, Yasmin Sabina Khan:
    As a youth my father never imagined that one day he would be building skyscrapers. He was born in East Bengal, British India, which became East Pakistan in 1947 and then Bangladesh in 1971. Graduate studies first brought him to the United States and the promise of challenging work drew him to a busy design office in Chicago – that of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – where he remained until his death in 1982. A surge in demand for residential and office space in the 1960s and early 1970s made tall buildings desirable, but traditional design and construction methods were uneconomical, having evolved for shorter structures. He recognized that a new approach to skyscraper design was needed and set his mind to the task.

    In 1972, at 42 years old, he was named Construction’s Man of the Year by Engineering News-Record. His pioneering work in skyscraper design was rejuvenating the design profession as he developed new ways of framing tall buildings, dramatically improving structural efficiency and economy. In 1965 he had initiated the “trussed tube” structural system with his design for Chicago’s 100-story John Hancock Center. By 1971 he was designing the world’s tallest building, the Sears Tower, using his latest innovation, the “bundled tube” [the Sears Tower, now Willis Tower, remained the “world’s tallest” for the next 22 years]. His innovations subsequently formed the basis of tall building design.

    A humanitarian in his personal as well as professional life, he was inspired by the belief that his work had a positive impact and he encouraged other engineers not to lose track of the purpose of their profession. When he was named Construction’s Man of the Year, he reflected, “The technical man must not be lost in his own technology. He must be able to appreciate life, and life is art, drama, music and, most importantly, people.”

  44. #1444
    Apr 23, 2017
    National Sovereignty and Children's Day 2017

    Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day connects two important pieces of history; it’s when the Grand National Assembly of Turkey convened for the first time in 1920; and when the Turkish Republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated the fledgling Republic to the children who would inherit it.

  45. #1445
    Apr 23, 2017
    St. George's Day 2017

    Legend has it that he rode to the town of Silene in Libya on a white horse, saved a princess from her untimely end, and slayed a dragon in one fell swoop. Today, that Roman soldier is remembered on St. George’s Day.

    In 1415, St. George’s Day was pronounced a national feast day and holiday in England. In modern times, he’s commemorated with parades and dancing and the waving of flags. His insignia, a red cross against a stark white background, became England’s flag, and is omnipresent at English football, cricket and rugby matches.

    Our Doodle captures the magic of St. George as he courageously crusades against the mighty dragon, surrounded by boughs of beautiful roses. The illustration is by guest artist Marina Muun, whose colorful, fanciful work has been featured The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Wrap Magazine and V&A, among many others.

  46. #1446
    Sep 26, 2015
    200th Anniversary of the Dutch Kingdom

    In 1815, William I hoisted a crown upon his head.

    For the next two centuries, the small yet mighty Netherlands took shape through a set of visionary milestones: in 1848, the freedoms of assembly, association, and education became rights for Dutch citizens. In 1863, slavery was abolished. In 1958, the Dutch co-founded the European Union. Now, 200 years later, the Netherlands prides itself on its openness, inclusion, and unwavering respect for the democratic rule of law. Plus, it’s one of the happiest countries in the world. Which, if you’ve seen the landscapes, might not be so surprising...

  47. #1447
    Sep 23, 2015
    Saudi Arabia National Day 2015

    Seated on the central coast of the Red Sea, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city, is home to the magnificent display of maritime engineering seen at the center of today’s Doodle. Spraying a plume of water nearly 1,000 feet in the air, King Fahad’s Fountain is the tallest manmade geyser in the world. At night, the immense stream and its trails of mist are illuminated by over 500 high-intensity spotlights, a spectacle that dominates the night sky above Jeddah and can be seen from all over the city.

  48. #1448
    Aug 23, 2012
    Chinese Valentine's Day 2012

    The Qixi Festival, also known as the Qiqiao Festival, is a Chinese festival celebrating the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in mythology. The festival is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunisolar month on the Chinese calendar.

    The festival originated from the romantic legend of two lovers, Zhinü and Niulang, who were the weaver girl and the cowherd, respectively. The tale of The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl has been celebrated in the Qixi Festival since the Han dynasty. The earliest-known reference to this famous myth dates back to over 2600 years ago, which was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry. The Qixi festival inspired the Tanabata festival in Japan, Chilseok festival in Korea, and Thất Tịch festival in Vietnam.

    The festival has variously been called the Double Seventh Festival, the Chinese Valentine's Day, the Night of Sevens, or the Magpie Festival.

    The general tale is a love story between Zhinü [the weaver girl, symbolizing Vega] and Niulang [the cowherd, symbolizing Altair]. Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River [symbolizing the Milky Way]. Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. There are many variations of the story.
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  49. #1449
    Aug 23, 2012
    Alexander Grin's 132th Birthday

    Aleksandr Stepanovich Grinevsky was a Russian writer, notable for his romantic novels and short stories, mostly set in an unnamed fantasy land with a European or Latin American flavor [Grin's fans often refer to this land as Grinlandia]. Most of his writings deal with sea, adventures, and love

  50. #1450
    Aug 24, 2012
    Ukraine Independence Day 2012


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