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    13 Oct 2008
    Paddington Bear's 50th Birthday





    Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on 13 October 1958 in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington and has been featured in more than twenty books written by British author Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists.

    The friendly bear from "darkest Peru"—with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade—has become a classic character from British children's literature. An anthropomorphised bear, Paddington is always polite – addressing people as "Mr", "Mrs" and "Miss", rarely by first names – and kindhearted, though he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval. He has an endless capacity for innocently getting into trouble, but he is known to "try so hard to get things right." He was discovered in London Paddington station, by the [human] Brown family who adopted him, and thus he gives his full name as "Paddington Brown" [his original Peruvian name being too hard for them to pronounce].

    As of June 2016, the Paddington Bear franchise was owned by Vivendi's StudioCanal. Bond, however, continued to own the publishing rights to his series, which was licensed to HarperCollins in April 2017.

    Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. A much loved fictional character in the UK, a Paddington Bear soft toy was chosen by British tunnelers as the first item to pass through to their French counterparts when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel were linked in 1994. Paddington Bear has been adapted for television, films and appeared in commercials. The critically acclaimed and commercially successful films Paddington [2014] and Paddington 2 [2017] were both nominated for the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film.



    Statue of Paddington Bear at Paddington Station
    Sculptor - Marcus Cornish



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    13 October 2009
    150 Years Since Multatuli





    Eduard Douwes Dekker, better known by his pen name Multatuli [from Latin multa tulī, "I have suffered much"], was a Dutch writer best known for his satirical novel Max Havelaar [1860], which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies [today's Indonesia]. He is considered one of the Netherlands' greatest authors.
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    13 October 2015
    Yps Magazine's 40th anniversary










    Forty years ago today, Yps Magazine published its first comic. Or, perhaps more memorably, it was on this day forty years ago that some Germans opened Yps Magazine’s first “gimmick”. The comic itself was replete with tales of mystery, peril, and adventure, but many would agree that the most irresistible surprise was the toy that came with each new edition. They ranged from the simple [spinning tops] to the sophisticated [kits to build functioning radios], and often the slightly bizarre: one common and beloved gimmick was a package of Brine Shrimp eggs that young readers were encouraged to hatch and grow themselves. Today’s Doodle hearkens back to the simpler days of childhood, when the month’s most nagging uncertainty was the prize awaiting young readers beneath Yps Magazine’s plastic cover.

    Artist Nate Swinehart endeavored to recapture this sense of anticipation and mystery with a Doodle that changes each time you see it.

    Happy unwrapping, Germany.
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    13 October 2015
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s 67th Birthday








    Imagine an entire genre of music, rooted in antiquity, that lies hidden to most of the world. Its traditions stretch back 700 years, yet few know it exists. Its beautiful melodies dip and soar. But no one is around to listen.

    Such was the state of Qawwali in a not-so-distant past. Then came Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who opened the world’s ears to the rich, hypnotic sounds of the Sufis. Born to a musical family, Khan brought Qawwali from modest origins to international attention. He collaborated with, and influenced, countless musicians. And his endurance was astounding; some performances could last as long as ten hours!

    [From Wikipedia]

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan [13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997], was a Pakistani vocalist, musician, composer and music director primarily a singer of qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music. He is considered to be the greatest Sufi singer in the Punjabi and Urdu language, and World's greatest qawwali singer ever; he is often referred to as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali" [the King of Kings of Qawwali]. He was described as the 4th greatest singer of all time by LA Weekly in 2016.He was known for his vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.

    Qawwali is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional singing, originating from the Indian subcontinent, and notably popular in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan; in Hyderabad, Delhi and other parts of India, especially North India; as well as the Dhaka and Chittagong Divisions of Bangladesh.

    Originally performed at Sufi shrines or dargahs throughout South Asia, it gained mainstream popularity and an international audience in late 20th century. Qawwali music received international exposure through the work of Aziz Mian, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sabri Brothers largely due to several releases on the Real World label, followed by live appearances at WOMAD [World of Music, Arts and Dance] festivals.

    In addition to popularising qawwali music, he also had a big impact on contemporary South Asian
    popular music, including Pakistani pop, Indian pop and Bollywood music.
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    13 October 2017
    56th Anniversary of 'Traffic Light Man'





    What began as a traffic safety measure in 1960s Berlin has become an iconic symbol of the city. Today’s Doodle by guest artist Laura Edelbacher celebrates the 56th anniversary of the Ampelmännchen [which translates to “little traffic light men”] who have guided Berlin’s pedestrians for decades.

    On October 13, 1961, traffic psychologist Karl Peglau met with East Berlin’s traffic commission to present his recommendation for reducing accidents involving pedestrians. His research indicated that accidents could better be avoided if pedestrians had their own traffic lights to follow, instead of relying on the same signals used by drivers.

    Karl proposed two symbols: a green figure mid-stride signaling it is safe to walk and a red figure with arms outstretched meaning “stop”. He gave the little characters distinguishing traits — including a large hat and pug nose — hoping to prompt an emotional response that would drive the intended pedestrian behavior.

    The first traffic light men were installed in 1969 and were so popular they even showed up in children’s cartoons. After the Berlin Wall fell, a group of East Germans called “Rescue the Ampelmännchen” managed to save the symbols after the government attempted to remove them.
    Happy 56th anniversary, Ampelmännchen!

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    12 Oct 2015
    Nadežda Petrović’s 142nd Birthday






    Today's doodle commemorates the 142nd birthday of Nadežda Petrović — a highly acclaimed Serbian impressionist painter. We're celebrating today, though her exact birthdate isn't completely nailed down. Many sources, including her family, agree that she was born October, 12th, 1874. But it's been estimated her birthday could be between September to November, in 1873 or 1876; her tombstone marks her birth on October 9th, 1874. Like her paintings, the details are a little fuzzy, but it's the bigger picture that makes the greatest impression.

    Petrović was born in Serbia, and her paintings are featured in her home country's most prestigious museums, such as the The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection. She's also featured on the Serbian 200 dinar bill. However Petrović's isn't just one of the best known and important Serbian female painters, she was also a great humanitarian.

    During the Balkan Wars she volunteered as a nurse, battling disease and suffering to save lives — even putting her own health at risk. Though she contracted both typhus and cholera, she earned a Medal for Bravery and the Order of the Red Cross, and volunteered a second time in World War I. For her immense dedication and incredible contributions to healing and the arts, we honor her today. Below, you can see how early versions of this doodle were shaped by her amazing work and life.

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    12 October 2011
    Art Clokey's 90th Birthday





    [This animated doodle video is 1:13]

    Arthur "Art" Clokey [born Arthur Charles Farrington; October 12, 1921 – January 8, 2010] was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop-motion clay animation, best known as the creator of the character Gumby and the original voice of Gumby's sidekick, Pokey. Clokey's career began in 1953 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, which was influenced by his professor, Slavko Vorkapich, at the University of Southern California.

    Clokey and his wife Ruth subsequently came up with the clay character Gumby and his horse Pokey, who first appeared in the Howdy Doody Show and later got their own series The Adventures of Gumby, from which they became a familiar presence on American television. The characters enjoyed a renewal of interest in the 1980s when American actor and comedian Eddie Murphy parodied Gumby in a skit on Saturday Night Live.

    For this doodle we had the pleasure of working with Joe Clokey, Art's son, to ensure that we would do justice to Art's cherished characters. The animations were produced by veteran industry professional Anthony Scott, who worked on such contemporary stop-motion classics as The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, The Corpse Bride, and Coraline. Stop-motion has always captivated me, and it requires so much care, time, and dedication – but watching it come together is incredible.


    The final doodle was a collaboration with engineer Bradley Bossard, who transformed the already delightful animations into an interactive experience.

    We hope this doodle put a smile on your face!




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    15 Oct 2011
    Italo Calvino's 88th Birthday





    I was overjoyed to be able to celebrate one of my favorite authors, Italo Calvino. Ostensibly a science fiction writer, Calvino is more of a fabulist, using scientific notions as a jumping-off point for whimsical, delightfully far-fetched, extremely warm and compassionate little tales. The first work of Calvino's that I read was Invisible Cities, an imagined dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan that meditates on the different ways of conceptualizing cities.

    For this doodle, however, I decided to illustrate the first story from my favorite Calvino collection, Cosmicomics. Cosmicomics is an audacious series of myths and legends that covers everything from the creation of the universe, to the evolution of land vertebrates, to the social lives of dinosaurs.

    In this story, The Distance of the Moon, the protagonist tells of time when the moon orbited so close to the Earth that it was possible to row out into the middle of the ocean and climb onto the surface of the Moon with a ladder. Once on the moon, the protagonists and his friends would frolic and cartwheel while the Moon's gravity gently pulled jellyfish and crabs up out of the sea. It's a fantastic image, and hopefully one that's very evocative to readers of Calvino.

    If you haven't yet, please consider investigating his work!

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    20 Oct 2011
    Park Wan-suh's 80th Birthday





    Park Wan-suh [October 20, 1931 – January 22, 2011] was a South Korean writer.

    In 1980s, Park turned increasingly toward problems afflicting women in patriarchal society while continuing to engage with the lives of middle-class Koreans. Such works as The Beginning of Days Lived, The Woman Standing and The Dreaming Incubator belong to this group. Through the eyes of a woman who has been forced to abort a daughter in order to produce a son, The Dreaming Incubator, in particular, critiques the male-centered organization of Korean society which reduces women to incubators for the male progeny. Park has also sketched the life of a woman merchant at the turn of the century in the historical novel Remembrance.

    Park's translated novels include Who Ate up All the Shinga which sold some 1.5 million copies in Korean and was well-reviewed in English translation. Park is also published in The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea.
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    21 Oct 2011
    Mary Blair's 100th Birthday




    I was greatly honored for the opportunity to create a doodle for Mary Blair's 100th birthday. Not to mention somewhat intimidated! Her work was and continues to be a major source of inspiration for a large number of artists working in animation, illustration, and fine art... and the Google Doodle team. So there was some pressure to get it right!

    Of course, for all her technical mastery, from her wonderful color schemes to her deceptively simple shapes and compositions, what I've always admired most about her work is the sense of joy that went into making each picture. As a viewer, I can't help but sense that childlike enthusiasm and smile in response. This was Mary's ultimate goal, as she wrote in a letter to her husband, to "live to be happy and paint to express our happiness," and it's a goal very similar to our own as Doodlers -- to inspire happiness in our users when they see something new and unexpected on the Google homepage.

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    22 Oct 2011
    Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday




    Franz Lisztz was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He was also a writer, philanthropist, Hungarian nationalist, and Franciscan tertiary.

    Liszt gained renown in Europe during the early nineteenth century for his prodigious virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was a friend, musical promoter and benefactor to many composers of his time, including Frédéric Chopin, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull, Joachim Raff, Mikhail Glinka, and Alexander Borodin.

    A prolific composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the New German School. He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work that influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated 20th-century ideas and trends. Among Liszt's musical contributions were the symphonic poem, developing thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form, and radical innovations in harmony.
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    26 Oct 2011
    Austrian National Day 2011



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    31 Oct 2011
    Parkes Observatory's 50th Anniversary





    TheParkes Observatory [also known as "The Dish"] is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres [12 mi] north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Its scientific contributions over the decades led the ABC to describe it as "the most successful scientific instrument ever built in Australia" after 50 years of operation.
    The Parkes Observatory is run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation [CSIRO], as part of the Australia Telescope National Facility [ATNF] network of radio telescopes. It is frequently operated together with other CSIRO radio telescopes, principally the array of six 22-metre [72 ft] dishes at the Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, and a single 22-metre [72 ft] dish at Mopra [near Coonabarabran], to form a very long baseline interferometry array.

    The observatory was included on the Australian National Heritage List on 10 August 2020.
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    2 Nov 2011
    Taikan Yokoyama's 143th Birthday






    Yokoyama Taikan was the pseudonym of a major figure in pre-World War II Japanese painting. He is notable for helping create the Japanese painting technique of Nihonga. His real name was Sakai Hidemaro.

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    3 Nov 2011
    Andre Malraux's 110th Birthday





    Georges André Malrauxwas a French novelist, art theorist, and minister of cultural affairs. Malraux's novel La Condition Humaine [Man's Fate] [1933] won the Prix Goncourt. He was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as information minister [1945–46] and subsequently as France's first cultural affairs minister during de Gaulle's presidency [1959–1969].

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    3 November 2012
    Panama Independence Day 2012








    I had a lot of fun working on this doodle and wanted to share a scrapbook-esque look at some of the development sketches that went into making it. As you can see, a good deal of thought can go into even the simplest of illustrations!


    posted by Mike Dutton


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    9 Nov 2012
    Feng Zikai's 114th Birthday






    Feng Zikai was an influential Chinese painter, pioneering manhua artist, essayist, and lay Buddhist of twentieth century China. Born just after the First Sino-Japanese War [1894-1895] and passing away just before the end of the Cultural Revolution [1966-1976], he lived through much of the political and socio-economic turmoil that arose during the birth of Modern China.

    Much of his literary and artistic work comments on and records the relationship between the changing political landscape and the daily lives of ordinary people. Although he is most famous for his paintings depicting children and the multi-volume collection of Buddhist-inspired art, Paintings for the Preservation of Life, Feng Zikai was a prolific artist, writer, and intellectual, who made strides in the fields of music, art, literature, philosophy, and translation.
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    9 Nov 2012
    Paul Abadie's 200th Birthday





    Paul Abadie was a French architect and building restorer. He is considered a central representative of French historicism. He was the son of architect Paul Abadie Sr..

    Abadie worked on the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, Église Sainte-Croix of Bordeaux, Saint-Pierre of Angoulême and Saint-Front of Périgueux. He won the competition in 1873 to design the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on Montmartre in Paris, and saw construction commence on it, though he died long before its completion in 1914.
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    10 Nov 2012
    Hachiko's 89th Birthday






    Hachikō was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno's death.

    Hachikō was born on November 10, 1923, at a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the Tokyo Imperial University, brought him to live in Shibuya, Tokyo, as his pet. Hachikō would meet Ueno at Shibuya Station every day after his commute home. This continued until May 21, 1925, when Ueno died of a cerebral hemorrhage while at work. From then until his death on March 8, 1935, Hachikō would return to Shibuya Station every day to await Ueno's return.

    During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media. Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūkenHachikō "faithful dog Hachikō", hachi meaning "eight" and -kō which originates as a suffix once used for ancient Chinese dukes; thus, Hachikō could be roughly translated as either "Mr. Eight" or "Sir Eight".
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    12 Nov 2013
    Leon Štukelj's 115th Birthday

    Leon Štukelj was a Yugoslav gymnast of Slovene ethnicity, Olympic gold medalist and athlete.

    He is a noted figure in Slovenian sporting history. Štukelj is one of the first Slovene athletes to have risen to the very top of his sport, where he remained right from the World Championships in Ljubljana in 1922 all the way to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, at which point he finished his competitive gymnastics career.

    Štukelj competed at seven major international competitions and won a total of twenty medals: eight gold, six silver, and six bronze. At the Olympic Games alone he won six medals: two gold medals [counted for Yugoslavia] in Paris in 1924, one gold medal and two bronze in Amsterdam in 1928, and a silver medal in Berlin in 1936.

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    11 November 2014
    Kemal Sunal's 70th Birthday





    Today’s doodle in Turkey celebrates the 70th birthday of actor Kemal Sunal. A beloved comedian in his country, Sunal is best remembered for the four stock characters [the funny one, the naive kid, the rebel and the totally confused guy] he portrayed in his films.

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    8 Nov 2013
    Hermann Rorschach's 129th Birthday





    Today we celebrate the 129th birthday of Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach who created the iconic inkblot test. Subjects are presented a pattern and asked to give their interpretation. Interpretations can aid in the examination of a person's personality and emotions.

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    7 Nov 2013
    Rafael Pombo's 180th Birthday




    José Rafael de Pombo y Rebolledo was a Colombian poet born in Bogotá. Trained as a mathematician and an engineer in a military school, Rafael Pombo served in the army and he traveled to the United States of America as Secretary of the Legation in Washington. After completing his diplomatic assignment, he was hired by D. Appleton & Company in New York to translate into Spanish nursery rhymes from the Anglo-Saxon oral tradition. The product of this work, more than a translation, was a transformative adaptation published in two books under the titles Cuentos pintados para niños and Cuentos morales para niños formales.

    In spite of his extensive and diverse literary works, Rafael Pombo is mostly remembered for this contribution to children's literature. Among his most popular children's fables are Michín, Juan Chunguero, Pastorcita, La Pobre Viejecita, Simón el Bobito, El Gato Bandido, and El Renacuajo paseador.

    After seventeen years in the United States of America, Rafael Pombo returned to Colombia, where he worked as a celebrated translator and journalist [founding several newspapers]. On August 20, 1905 he was crowned as Colombia's best poet - his Poesías Completas was published in 1957, from which the poem En El Niágara was taken. Rafael Pombo remained in Colombia until his death on May 5, 1912.

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    17 June 2015
    130th Anniversary of France delivering the Statue of Liberty to the United States






    Born in France, made in the USA. Relive the creation of the Statue of Liberty on the Google Cultural Institute.

    Nearly 130 years ago, France gifted the U.S. with one of the most prolific symbols of freedom the world over. Since then, it has welcomed millions of people searching for a new life on unfamiliar shores.

    Today, the Statue of Liberty is more than just a symbol of solidarity. It’s a reminder that all countries thrive on the exchange of ideas and culture. The National Park Service's dedication to maintaining and restoring the statue ensures that message will live on.

    Though the statue was actually shipped in separate pieces and then assembled upon delivery, we've drawn a more playful take on the occasion by portraying Lady Liberty crossing the Atlantic fully constructed on a steamer much too small for her.

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    21 Jun 2015
    Summer Solstice 2015 [Northern Hemisphere]






    Sticky fingers? It must be summer!

    Today marks the beginning of the year’s sweetest season, a time of hot days, short nights, and soaking up the sun: the Summer Solstice.

    What is Solstice, you ask? it’s an astronomical event that creates the longest day of the year in one of the two hemispheres. Today, the Earth’s northern half will be bathed in light for the greatest percentage of a single day. Giving us all a good excuse to stay outside for another hour. Or two. Or until the fireflies come out!

    So get out of the house, slather on some sunscreen, and enjoy the summer, before it melts away…

    Doodle by guest artist, Kirsten Lepore.

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    21 June 2009
    First Day of Summer 2009 [Northern Hemisphere]





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    Summer 2019 [Northern Hemisphere]






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    21 June 2018
    Summer Solstice 2018 [Northern Hemisphere]







    To-do list filling up? Been putting off that pesky task for far too long? Well, today’s the day to finally get it done June 21 marks this year’s summer solstice: the longest day of the year for the northern hemisphere.

    Each year on the summer solstice, the sun hits its annual altitudinal peak directly over the Tropic of Cancer. This year, that moment occurs at exactly 10:07 am UTC. When it happens, the tilt of the earth’s North Pole is at its closest to the sun, marking the first day of summer on the astronomical calendar.

    Throughout history, the summer solstice has been the impetus for numerous cultural celebrations, many of which we see variations of today. From Astrofest in Croatia, to Midsommar in Sweden, to the Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara, U.S.A., the summer solstice remains a day of celebration around the world.

    As you enjoy today’s extra bit of sunlight, check out what our neighbors to the South are up to on their shortest day of the year.

    Happy Summer!

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    21 June 2002
    La Fête de la Musique 2002






    The Fête de la musique, also known in English as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.

    The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the summer solstice was originated by Jack Lang, Minister of Culture of France, as well as by Maurice Fleuret; it was celebrated in Paris in 1982. Music Day later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world.

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    21 June 2013
    First Day of Winter 2013 [Southern Hemisphere]



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    First Day of Summer 2013 [Northern Hemisphere]



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    21 Jun 2013
    Zlatko Grgić's 82nd Birthday







    Zlatko Grgić [21 June 1931 – 4 October 1988] was a Croatian animator who emigrated to Canada in the late 1960s.

    Born in Zagreb, in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Grgić was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 52nd Academy Awards for his 1979 film Dream Doll, produced by Bob Godfrey.

    Grgić created the animated series Professor Balthazar for Zagreb Film and also animated 24 episodes of its series Maxi Cat [1971–73]. His other credits include the 1965 animated shorts Peti and Đavolja Posla [The Devil's Work]; Mali i veliki [Le Petit et le grand] [1966]; Muzikalno prase [The Musical Pig] [1966], winner of the Palme d'or at Cannes Film Festival, the 1968 shorts Tolerance and Suitcase as well as Ptica i crvek [The Bird and the Worm) [1977].

    Grgić was asked to join the National Film Board of Canada [NFB] after producers saw his film Scabies. He directed and animated three shorts with the NFB: Hot Stuff [1971], named best educational film at the Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films, Who Are We? [1974] and Deep Threat [1977].
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    21 June 2008
    First Day of Summer 2008





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    Venezuela Independence Day 2008



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    7 Jul 2008
    Marc Chagall's Birthday - images used with the permission of the Artist Rights Society






    Kaii Higashiyamawas a Japanese writer and artist particularly renowned for his Nihonga style paintings. As one of the most popular artists in post-war Japan, Higashiyama was awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize in 1956 and the Order of Culture in 1969.

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    Nasreddin Hodja Festival 2008




    Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Mullah Nasreddin Hooja or Mullah Nasruddin [1208-1285] was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a philosopher, Sufi, and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature. The International Nasreddin Hodja festival is celebrated between 5 and 10 July in his hometown every year.

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    Beatrix Potter's Birthday




    Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist; she was best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

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    28 July 2014
    Peru Independence Day 2014







    We’re serving ceviche for Peruvian Independence Day. The traditional [and totally yummy] seafood dish is made with raw fish cured in either lemon or lime juice.

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    28 July 2015
    Peru National Day 2015






    Trek through the rough, scrubby terrain of the Peruvian Andes, and you’ll eventually come upon a vicuña. These llama-like mammals, legendary for their stunningly soft wool, were considered sacred in the eyes of the Incas.

    Today, vicuñas are indigenous to not only the mountains, but also Peru’s coat of arms, where they symbolize the country’s diverse wildlife. And they hold a high place in Peruvian society as the country’s national animal. This mix of ancient reverence and modern pride inspired artist Robinson Wood for today’s Doodle — a celebration of independence for Peru National Day.

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    28 July 2017
    Albert [Elea] Namatjira’s 115th Birthday






    Today is the 115th birthday of renowned Aboriginal Australian artist Albert [Elea] Namatjira. Born in 1902 near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia, he joined the Arrernte community at the age of 13 where he developed his love for the rough and wild Australian landscape.

    Namatjira loved sketching from the time he was a young boy, and quickly took to painting the natural beauty around him in the bush. His landscape images earned recognition in Australia and around the world. Namatjira also inspired the Hermannsburg School for his community in Alice Springs, teaching aspiring young artists to depict the Australian landscape.

    Today’s Doodle is a painting created by Albert’s granddaughter, Gloria Pannka. To represent her grandfather, Gloria chose to paint the beautiful hills between Hamilton Downs and the West MacDonnell Ranges in central Australia. Albert’s homeland is not far away from this area, and Gloria says that visiting this landscape connects her to her grandparents.

    Gloria is also a member of an artistic community, Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre inspired by her grandfather’s works. The art centre works to maintain and promote Aboriginal cultural heritage.
    Today we celebrate Albert Namatjira’s substantial contributions to the art and culture of Australia. Happy birthday, Albert!

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    28 July 2016
    Gloria Fuertes' 99th birthday





    Gloria Fuertes remembered the typewriter she rented at a young age as her “first toy.” It didn’t take long for her to realize she could make its keys sing. That same year, she wrote her first verse.

    Her love of narrative informed her life’s work: teaching and entertaining children, first through the printed word and later through stage and television. The result was some of Spain’s most beloved tales for children.

    Today's Doodle is inspired by Fuertes’ inspired public readings that brought the magic of her words to life for the kids.

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    28 November 2020
    Celebrating Henri Salvador






    In honor of a French entertainer par excellence, today’s Doodle, illustrated by Toulouse, France-based guest artist Sébastien Gravouil, celebrates multi-talented singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and comedian Henri Salvador. Salvador established himself as a beloved French figure across a seven-decade career and is widely credited with helping to introduce rock ‘n’ roll to France. On this day in 2000, he received the prestigious Prix in honorem award from France’s Charles Cros Academy. Today’s Doodle artwork highlights Salvador’s wide-ranging contributions to French culture, including his beloved rock ‘n’ roll music, children’s lullabies, and animated character voice overs.

    Henri Gabriel Salvador was born July 8th, 1917 in Cayenne, French Guiana and at the age of 12 moved to Paris with his family. Inspired by the music of Belgian jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, Salvador soon took up the guitar and began to perform in Parisian cafes. Before long he caught the attention of Reinhardt himself, who invited Salvador to join his band.

    After several years in the French Army during World War II, Salvador joined French bandleader Ray Ventura on a years-long South American tour, and upon his return to Paris, he saw success from his very first recording in 1947. Salvador was invited twice in 1956 to perform on the famous television showcase “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York. In the U.S. he experienced the excitement of rock ‘n’ roll, which he helped to channel into some of France’s very first rock hits. In addition, Salvador’s 1957 song “Dans Mon Île” [On My Island] was credited by Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim as his inspiration in developing the iconic bossa nova style.

    Among many accolades, Salvador was named Commander of the Legion of Honour in 2004. Salvador released his final album in 2006.
    Merci, Henri Salvador!
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    19 June 2020
    155th Anniversary of Juneteenth







    In 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the United States. For many Americans, this simple statement has been taught to us in grade school for decades. As a young Black girl growing up in Memphis, I remember my teachers teaching this, too. What I was not taught, however, was theFULLstory of American slavery and its slow and painful end, even after Lincoln’s Proclamation. At its best, this limited narrative reduces the struggle for Black liberation in America to a singular moment. And at its worst, it perpetuates an incomplete truth that robs every American of understanding what actually happened after slavery was reformed.

    Today’s video Doodle, illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Loveis Wise and narrated by actor and activist LeVar Burton, honors the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. Short for “June Nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the true end of chattel slavery across the United States— which didn’t actually occur until 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Specifically, it marks the day when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas [one of the westernmost points in the Confederate South] finally received news of their liberation by Union Major General Gordon Granger. He arrived with 1,800 federal troops in order to ensure compliance in Confederate states, many of which continued to defy the executive order years after it was mandated.

    I can’t begin to imagine what it must have felt like to wait in anticipation for freedom and then finally hear the words spoken aloud. After recieving the news, the first acts of freedom included locating family members who were sold and shipped off during slavery, legally changing their own names, and creating schools and places to learn, which slaves had been systematically denied before. Couples obtained marriage certificates to form legal union with the person they loved. And later, they built towns like Freedmen's Town in Houston, TX, established universities like Tuskegee in Alabama, and created a Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Though widely celebrated by the community in its first years, Juneteenth’s absence in the mainstream U.S. historical narrative has made it an unknown holiday to many for decades. The 1960s Civil Rights Era saw a resurgence in Juneteenth awareness, leading to the creation of today’s two largest Juneteenth celebrations in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Later in 1979, U.S. Representative Al Edwards introduced legislation in Texas to officially recognize the holiday, making it a state holiday the following year.

    Over time, this growing awareness of Juneteenth has led to an exponential growth of events in cities across the nation. These celebrations have included rodeos featuring black cowboys, parades with gorgeous floats, readings of the Proclamation, songs like “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and much more.

    I didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth. It wasn’t until I attended Hampton University, a historically Black university in Virginia [and home of Emancipation Oak, the site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation], that I learned about the holiday. I was shocked that schools back home hadn’t taught us about the day and that my family was completely unaware of it.

    But my initial disappointment has shifted to optimism as I’ve witnessed a resurgence of this day in the American consciousness. For example, in the past week, Google Search interest in "Juneteenth meaning" spiked +850%, with the most searched query being “What is Juneteenth?” To me, history is a living, breathing, and changing testimony. And now that history can be accessed and shaped in ways generations before would’ve never thought possible.

    Today, I hope folks across the nation commemorate Juneteenth by remembering and sharing the stories of those who lived in slavery before us and those who died for our freedom. I hope they celebrate it by creating space for expressions of Black joy and triumph, as well as teaching that June 19, 1865 was just the beginning. I hope they celebrate it by watching today’s Doodle, which aims to reflect how freedom in America is a journey. Even with executive orders, amendments, civil rights bills, and advancements in technology, the struggle to be treated fair and equal continues. And yet, despite all this, Black Americans still remain hopeful. I hope that people can relate to the basic human desire for liberty, equality, and access to opportunities to create a better life for our families and generations that follow.

    Juneteenth is an American story about persistence, freedom, and joy no matter the obstacle. May this year's celebration provide an opportunity to honor the progress that's been made and reflect on the important changes that still remain ahead.

    “...Now let us march on ‘til victory is won.”

    —Angelica McKinley
    Project Creative Director, 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth Google Doodle



    Creative Director | Angelica McKinley

    Guest Artist | Loveis Wise

    Narrator | LeVar Burton

    MusicProducer | Elijah Jamal

    Animator | Olivia When

    Marketing & Partnerships | Perla Campos, Grace Chen

    Business Affairs Lead & Partnerships Program Manager | Madeline Belliveau

    Program Manager | Lindsay Elgin

    Doodle Team Leads | Jessica Yu, Brian Kaas, Erich Nagler

    SPECIAL THANKS

    Members of Google’s internal Black Googler Network, including:

    Kyle Ali
    Martin Barnett
    Trashawn Brent
    Edua Dickerson
    Audrey Richardson Flattes
    Annie Jean-Baptiste
    Lena McAfee
    Phillips Mitchell
    TamaraMobley
    Jonathan Priester

    Galveston Historical Foundation

    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    CREDIT: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" poem written by James Weldon Johnson [1900]
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    Summer 2020 [Northern Hemisphere]




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    20 Jun 2020
    Swedish Midsummer 2020






    Today’s Doodle commemorates one of the oldest and most important holidays in Sweden: Midsommar [Midsummer]. In a country where winter can bring just hours of light each day—if that—it’s no surprise that Swedes pull out all the stops for this celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

    Friends and family traditionally begin the day’s festivities with dance and song around the Midsommarstången [Midsummer maypole], a massive pole decorated in garlands and flowers, as depicted in today’s Doodle artwork. With flower wreaths on their heads, revelers may sing one of the most popular songs of Midsummer: “Små grodorna” [“The Little Frogs”]. To join in the fun, simply hop around the maypole like a frog and sing along to lyrics like, “The small frogs, the small frogs, are funny to look at!”

    All that jumping can work up quite an appetite, which is traditionally satiated with a classic Midsummer meal. The menu typically includes Swedish favorites like inlagd sill [pickled herring], snaps [Swedish liquor], and knäckebröd [crisp bread], all finished off with the iconic desert of jordgubbstårta [strawberry cake].

    Glad Midsommar! HOP-py Midsummer!

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    20 June 2016
    45th Anniversary of The First Broadcast of El Chavo del Ocho







    El Chavo made his TV debut 45 years ago today, marking the beginning of a beloved TV institution in Mexico, parts of the United States, and in many other countries in Latin America. At the height of its popularity, El Chavo del Ocho was the most-watched show on Mexican television. The show’s courageous orphan and his friends got themselves into and out of trouble, all the while endearing themselves to generations of fans. Tens of millions of viewers still watch the animated version of the show, El Chavo Animado, every day.

    Today’s Doodle pays tribute to the creation by Roberto Gómez Bolaños. Thank you, Chesperito, for forty-five years of laughs.

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    20 June 2013
    Aleksander Fredro's 220th birthday







    Aleksander Fredro was a Polish poet, playwright and author active during Polish Romanticism in the period of partitions by neighboring empires. His works including plays written in the octosyllabic verse [Zemsta] and in prose [Damy i Huzary] as well as fables, belong to the canon of Polish literature. Fredro was harshly criticized by some of his contemporaries for light-hearted humor or even alleged immorality [Seweryn Goszczyński, 1835] which led to years of his literary silence. Many of Fredro's dozens of plays were published and popularized only after his death. His best-known works have been translated into English, French, German, Russian, Czech, Romanian, Hungarian and Slovak.
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    18 Jun 2019
    Celebrating Falafel





    Today’s Doodle celebrates falafel, the best thing that ever happened to chickpeas—with the possible exception of hummus, of course.

    Although the exact origins of this spicy street food have been lost to the mists of time, falafel has been enjoyed for centuries in many different cultures. India produces the vast majority of the world’s chickpea crop, which currently is in high season. In Egypt, fava beans are ground to make these delicious, crispy balls of fried plant protein, known in Egypt as “ta'amiya.” Israel has a song to celebrate its love affair with the tried-and-true treat, entitled And We Have Falafel.

    Over time, more eclectic toppings has been introduced all over the world, ranging from German sauerkraut, to Iraqi fried eggplant, to Indian mango sauce, to Yemeni hot sauce. Even newer variations such as the red falafel—made with jalapeños roasted peppers, tomatoes, and spicy yogurt—or the orange falafel—made with sweet potatoes, cabbage, honey, and ginger tahini—preserve the basic formula of ground legumes, seasoned and fried in oil. The world’s largest falafel, weighing 74.8 kilograms [164.8 pounds] and reaching 152 centimeters [59.8 inches] in height, was fried for 25 minutes at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan.

    Happy chickpea season!

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    Fathers Day 2006




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