Posted: 24 May 2010 07:33 AM PDT
We’re all familiar with Google Doodles – the customized logos that appear on the search engine’s home page to commemorate special dates or events. For 12 years now Google has been creating these logos, honoring everything from global holidays like Earth Day to the birthdays of historically significant people (like Albert Einstein) and even to the birthdays of fictional characters like Paddington Bear.
In the first ten years of Google Doodles (from 1998-2007), there were usually only a handful or maybe a dozen Doodles each year, usually for major events or holidays (like New Year’s Day or the Olympics). But starting in 2008, Google has been using more and more Doodles, often with cryptic meanings that take a bit of research to unearth meaning behind. Below are some of the best hand-picked Google Doodles from the past 12+ years we loved!
Have a favorite that isn’t on this list? Share it in the comments!
Season’s Greetings. (Global).
Series From the First Week of May. This was the first official Google Doodle, and told the story of an alien intrigue.
Olympic Summer Games in Sydney – Soccer.(Global). A number of Doodles were created for the Olympic Games in Sydeny, Australia.
Declaration of Independence.(US). This Doodle was created to celebrate the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
100th Anniversary of Flight. (Global). The 100th Anniversary of Flight refers the first controlled, sustained, powered, heavier-than-air manned flight, which was completed by the Wright brothers at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina in 1903.
Doodle4Google Competition: ‘Day of the Child’ by Lisa Wainaina.(UK). Doodle4Google is an annual competition in which children can create their own Google Doodle. The winning Doodle is featured on the home page.
Edvard Munch’s Birthday. (Global).
Veteran’s Day. (US). Veteran’s Day is an annual U.S. holiday that honors military veterans, celebrated on the day major hostilities ended in World War I (celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world).
Parametron Computer 1.(Japan). Parametron Computer 1 (also known as the Quantum Flux Parametron) was invented by Eiichi Goto at the University of Tokyo.
Kaii Higashiyama’s Birthday. (Japan).
Day of Trees. (Poland). This is the Polish version of Arbor Day.
H.G. Wells’ Birthday. (Selected Countries).
Crop Circles.(Selected Countries). This Doodle celebrated crop circles around the world.
Ivan Kostoylevsky’s Birthday.(Ukraine).
Qi Xi.(China, Hong Kong, Taiwan). Sometimes referred to as Chinese Valentine’s Day, or the Magpie Festival, Qi Xi ("The Night of Sevens") is a holiday in which young girls traditionally showcase their domestic arts and make wishes for a good husband.
Ilya Repin’s Birthday.(Russia, Ukraine, Belarus).
Jan Evangelista Purkyne’s Birthday. (Czech Republic).
St. Andrew’s Day. (UK). St. Andrew’s Day is the official national day of Scotland and is a celebration of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of golfers, fishmongers, mariners, and performers, among others.
Loy Krathong.(Thailand). Loy Krathong is a Thai holiday where small rafts are floated on bodies of water to honor and pay respect to the goddess of water, and also to apologize for bad things done to the river during the past year.
Jon Amos Komensky’s 418th Birthday.(Czech Republic, Slovakia).
Holmenkollen Ski Festival. (Norway). The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is the oldest notable ski jump competition still in existence, beginning in 1892. The Festival includes the ski jump and a number of other evetns.
Frederic Chopin’s 200th Birthday.(Poland).
150th Birthday of J.M. Barrie.(Selected Global).
Labour Day. (Selected Global).
ANZAC Day. (Australia). ANZAC Day is a national remembrance day in Australia and New Zealand to honor members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in World War I at Gallipoli in Turkey.
Karen Blixen’s Birthday.(Denmark).
April Fools! (US). The Topeka logo was used as an April Fools joke, in reference to the adoption of the name "Google" by Topeka, KS in an effort to entice Google to bring high-speed broadband internet service to their city.
Credit: All doodle images were taken from Google Doodles.
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