Sep 29, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi Google Doodle

It is a fake logo for the birthday of Italian Prime Minister. I found the link in Twitter (via @SirFr and  @JuliusDesign.

Silvio Berlusconi was born on 29 September 1936. He is an Italian politician, the current Prime Minister of Italy, as well as an entrepreneur. He is also known under the nickname Il Cavaliere (literally, The Knight), due to the knighthood Order of Merit for Labour which he received in 1977.

Sep 28, 2011

Narcís Monturiol Google Doodle

Google celebrates the birthday of Narcís Monturiol with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts for Narcís Monturiol:

1. Narcís Monturiol Estarriol was born 28 September 1819

2. He was a Catalan intellectual, artist and engineer.

3. Narcís Monturiol was the inventor of the first combustion engine-driven submarine, which was propelled by an early form of air-independent propulsion.

4. Monturiol died in 1885, in Sant Martí de Provençals, now a suburb of Barcelona.

5. He has two monuments: one in Barcelona (Avinguda Diagonal-Carrer Girona) and other at the end of the Rambla in Figueres, his native city, better known for another Figuerenc, Salvador Dalí. (Wikipedia)

Sep 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Google

Google becomes a teenager today and it celebrates its party with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts about Google:

1. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin,  while the two were attending Stanford University as PhD candidates. 

2. It was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998.

3.  The company's unofficial slogan is "Don't be evil". 

4. The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful".

5. In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California. (Wikipedia)

Sep 25, 2011

Lu Xun Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 130th birthday of Lu Xun. 

Top 5 facts about Lu Xun:

1. Lu Xun was born on September 25, 1881. He died on October 19, 1936. 

2. Lu Xun is one of the major Chinese writers of the 20th century and he was the founder of modern Chinese literature;

3. Lu Xun was a short story writer, editor, translator, critic, essayist and poet;

4. In the 1930s he became the titular head of the Chinese League of the Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai;

5. Mao Zedong himself was a lifelong admirer of Lu Xun's works. (Wikipedia)
YouTube video via 

Sep 24, 2011

Google Doodle History: South Africa Heritage Day (Sep 24, 2008)

Sep 24, 2008 - South Africa Heritage Day - (South Africa) 

Jim Henson Google Doodle VIDEO

Google made an interesting Doodle to honor the 75th birthday of Jim Henson. He is one of the famous puppeteers who created The Muppets.

Today's Doodle is animated. 

The characters can be manipulated using a mouse and keyboard.

Top 5 facts about Jim Henson:

1. James Maury "Jim" Henson was born on September 24, 1936.

2.  He was an American puppeteer best known as the creator of The Muppets. 

3. As a puppeteer, Henson performed in various television programs, such as Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, films such as The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, and creator of advanced puppets for projects like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth

4. He was also an Oscar-nominated film director, Emmy Award-winning television producer. 

5. Jim Henson died of Streptococcus pyogenes on May 16, 1990.

via Google, Wikipedia, YouTube

Sep 23, 2011

Jaroslav Seifert Google Doodle

Today Google celebrates the 110th birthday of Czech writer Jaroslav Seifert.
The Doodle was drew by an American illustrator and designer Jennifer Hom, an author of many successful global doodles. 

Top 5 facts about Jaroslav Seifert:

1. Jaroslav Seifert was born on 23 September 1901 into a working-class family living in Zizkov, a suburb of Prague. 

2. Seifert was a Czech writer, poet and journalist.

3. He was the first Czech who win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1984.

4. In 1967 Jaroslav Seifert was designated National Artist. He was the official Chairman of the Czechoslovak Writer's Union for several years (1968–70)

5. He died on 10 January 1986

Google Doodle for Saudi National Day

Google is with a special logo for the Saudi National Day.

Top 5 facts for Saudi Arabia:

1. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded by Abdul-Aziz bin Saud (known for most of his career as Ibn Saud) in 1932.

2. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and the second-largest Arab country.

Area - 2,149,690 km2

3. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded by Abdul-Aziz bin Saud (known for most of his career as Ibn Saud) in 1932.

4. Population - 27,136,977 (2010)

5. Saudi Arabia has the world's largest oil reserves and is the world's largest oil exporter. (Wikipedia)

Sep 22, 2011

Google Doodle History: Bulgaria's Independence Day (Sep 22)

Today is the Independence day of Bulgaria but there is no Google Doodle. 

Sep 22, 2008 - Bulgaria Independence Day - (Bulgaria) 

Top 5 facts from history of Bulgaria:

1. The de jure independence of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire was proclaimed on 22 September 1908 in the old Bulgarian capital Tarnovo by Prince (Knyaz) (afterwards Tsar) Ferdinand of Bulgaria. 

2. Bulgaria has been Europe's tenth oldest country by continuous sovereignty since that date.

3. Bulgaria had been a widely autonomous (de facto independent) principality since 3 March 1878, when it was liberated from Ottoman rule in the wake of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878.

4. On 6 September 1885, it had unified with the Bulgarian-majority Ottoman autonomous province of Eastern Rumelia. 

5. After the Liberation, Bulgaria's main external goal was the unification of all Bulgarian-inhabited areas under foreign rule into a single Bulgarian state: the main targets of Bulgarian irredentism were Macedonia and southern Thrace, which continued to be part of the Ottoman realm. 

The chaos that ensued in the Ottoman Empire following the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 provided suitable conditions for the Bulgarian proclamation of independence. 

Towards the middle of September, the democratic government of Aleksandar Malinov had decided that the suitable moment was near. 

Ferdinand of Bulgaria proclaiming 
the independence in Tarnovo, 1908

On 21 September, Ferdinand arrived at Rousse from a break in his Hungarian mansion. He was awaited there by the government to discuss the final decision on board the Krum ship. 

Danube River
The Bulgarian Town Rousse
The delegation then took the train to Tarnovo, where the official proclamation would take place. According to recent research, it was at the Dve Mogili railway station that the manifesto of independence was completed on 22 September.

The independence of Bulgaria was formally proclaimed at the SS. Forty Martyrs Church in Tarnovo. As a result, Bulgaria's status was promoted to that of a kingdom, increasing its international prestige. Ferdinand would adopt the title of Tsar instead of a Knyaz and the country would be ready to join the Balkan League and fight the Ottoman Empire in the First Balkan War of 1912–1913.

Top 10 facts about Bulgaria:

National Bulgarian Theater (Sofia)
1. Bulgaria is the 15th-largest country in Europe.

2. The First Bulgarian Empire (681–1018) was founded in the north-eastern Balkans in c. 681 by khan Asparuk. It is a unit between the Bulgars and South Slavic tribes.

A Bulgarian village - Svalenik (near Rousse)
3. After the adoption of Christianity in 864 Bulgaria became the cultural center of Slavic Europe.

A Bulgarian village - Svalenik (near Rousse)

4. Its leading cultural position was further consolidated with the invention of the Cyrillic alphabet. 

It is the basis of alphabets used in various languages, past and present, of Eastern Europe and Asia, especially those of Slavic origin, and also non-Slavic languages influenced by Russian.

May 24, 2011 - Day of Slavonic Alphabet,
Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture - (Bulgaria)

5. The Golden Age of Bulgaria is during the rule of Simeon I (893-927).

6. The Second Bulgarian Empire (1185–1396) was the dominant power in the Balkans.


7. With the decline of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185–1396), Bulgarian territories came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries.

8. The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 led to the establishment of a Third Bulgarian state as a principality in 1878, which gained its full sovereignty in 1908 (Sep 22).



9. In 1945, after World War II, it became a communist state and was a part of the Eastern Bloc until the political changes in Eastern Europe in 1989/1990, when the Communist Party allowed multi-party elections.


10. Bulgaria is a member of the European Union since 2007.

And 5 more facts about Bulgaria:

1. Capital - Sofia

2. Population - 7,364,570;
   Area - 110,993.6 km2

3. Motto: Unity makes strength ("Съединението прави силата")

4. Flag (white, green, red)

5. Anthem - Dear Motherland  (Мила Родино)

via Wikipedia, Google, Danybon

Sep 21, 2011

Google Doodle History: Rosh Hashana (Sep 21, 2006)

Sep 21, 2006 - Rosh Hashana - (Israel) 

Rosh Hashanah ("head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום התרועה a day of "Screaming" or Shouting [the Shofar].

Begins: Start of first day of Tishrei 
Ends: Generally at the end of second day of Tishrei 

 2010 date sunset: September 8 – sunset, September 10 

 2011 date sunset, September 28 – sunset, September 30

Google Doodle History: Birthday of Juan de la Cierva (Sep 21, 2010)

Sep 21, 2010 - 115th Birthday of Juan de la Cierva - (Spain) 

Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu, 1st Count of De La Cierva (21 September 1895 – 9 December 1936) was a Spanish civil engineer, pilot and aeronuatical engineer. His most famous accomplishment was the invention in 1920 of the Autogiro, a single-rotor type of aircraft that came to be called autogyro in the English language. After four years of experimentation, De la Cierva developed the articulated rotor which resulted in the world's first successful flight of a stable rotary-wing aircraft in 1923 with his C.4 prototype.

De la Cierva was born in Murcia, Spain to a wealthy family. After several successful experiments with aviation as a boy, he eventually earned a civil engineering degree. He moved to England in 1925, where with the support of Scottish industrialist James G. Weir, he established the Cierva Autogiro Company. (Wikipedia)

Google Doodle History: H.G. Wells' Birthday (Sep 21, 2009)

Sep 21, 2009 - H.G. Wells' Birthday

Worth to Know:

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".

Wells called his political views socialist. He was for a time a member of the socialist Fabian Society, but broke with them as his creative political imagination, matching the originality shown in his fiction, outran theirs. He later grew staunchly critical of them as having a poor understanding of economics and educational reform. He ran as a Labour Party candidate for London University in the 1922 and 1923 general elections after the death of his friend W. H. R. Rivers, but at that point his faith in the party was weak or uncertain.

Social class was a theme in Wells's The Time Machine in which the Time Traveller speaks of the future world, with its two races, as having evolved from "the gradual widening of the present (19th century) merely temporary and social difference between the Capitalist and the Labourer". 

His most consistent political ideal was the World State. He envisioned the state to be a planned society that would advance science, end nationalism, and allow people to progress by merit rather than birth. (Wikipedia)

Google Doodle History: Belize's Independence Day (Sep 21)

Independence from the United Kingdom - Sep 21, 1981 

Sep 21, 2010 - Belize's Independence Day - (Belize) 

Sep 21, 2009 - Belize's Independence Day - (Belize) 

Top 5 facts about Belize:

1. Belize is a constitutional monarchy;

2. It is the northernmost Central American nation.

3. Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.

4. Total area - 22,966 km2 (8,867 sq mi), Population - 333,200 (2010)

5. Motto: “Sub Umbra Floreo” "Under the Shade I Flourish".

Google Doodle for Google +

Google advertises Google + with a different Doodle - a big blue arrow.

The blue arrow draws people’s attention to the fact that their Google profile automatically grants them access to the new Google+ service.

Vic Gundotra

Yesterday, Google head of engineering Vic Gundotra announced that the starting blocks have been removed from Google+ after a 90-day field trial and now the service is open for anyone to use.

Google Blog

Sep 19, 2011

Google Doodle History: Anniversary of Rome (Sep 20, 2010)

Sep 20, 2010 - 140th Anniversary of Rome - (Italy) 

The Capture of Rome (20 September 1870) was the final event of the long process of Italian unification known as the Risorgimento, which finally unified the Italian peninsula under King Victor Emmanuel II of the House of Savoy. Venezia-Giulia, Trentino, and Alto Adige were still under Austrian rule. They were not annexed to Italy until after the First World War. (Wikipedia)

Sep 18, 2011

Google Doodle History: Mid-Autumn Day (Sep 18, 2005)

Sep 18, 2005 - Mid-Autumn Day 

Google Doodle for Independence Day of Chile

Today Google celebrates the Independence Day of Chile.

Worth to know:

The usurpation of the Spanish throne by Napoleon's brother Joseph in 1808 precipitated the drive by the colony for independence from Spain. A national junta in the name of Ferdinand – heir to the deposed king – was formed on September 18, 1810. The Government Junta of Chile proclaimed Chile an autonomous republic within the Spanish monarchy (in memory of this day Chile celebrates its National Day on September 18 each year). 

Sep 18, 2008 - Chile Independence Day - (Chile) 

Top 5 facts about Chile:

1. Chile is a is a country in South America;

2. The shape of Chile is a distinctive ribbon of land 4,300 kilometres (2,700 mi) long and on average 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide.

3. Motto: Por la razón o la fuerza ("By reason or by force")

4. Population: 17,224,200 (60th in the world)

5. The origin of the word Chile - there are several theories about the etymology. One theory says:
"Chile may derive its name from a Native American word meaning either "ends of the earth" or "sea gulls"." (Wikipedia)

An interesting YouTube video:

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Sep 17, 2011

Google Doodle History: Oktoberfest

Sep 18, 2010 - Oktoberfest - (Germany) 

Top 5 facts about Oktoberfest:

1. Oktoberfest is a 16–18 day festival - from late September to the first weekend in October. 

2. It is in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

3. Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events in Germany.

4. It is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. 

5. The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, on October 12, 1810.

Sep 19, 2009 - Oktoberfest - (Germany) 

Worth to know:

1. Only beer which is allowed to be served in this festival.

2. You may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional fare such as:

- Hendl (chicken), 
- Schweinebraten (roast pork), 
- Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), 
- Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick),  
- Würstl (sausages) along with Brezn (Pretzel), 
- Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), 
- Kasspatzn (cheese noodles), 
- Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), 
- Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage) 
- Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) - Bavarian delicacies
Weisswurst (a white sausage).


(via Wikipedia, Google, YouTube)

Anant Pai Google Doodle

Google is celebrating Anant Pai’s 82nd birthday.

Anant Pai (17 September 1929 – 24 February 2011), popularly known as Uncle Pai, was an Indian educationalist and creator of Indian comics, in particular the Amar Chitra Katha series in 1967, along with the India Book House publishers, and which retold traditional Indian folk tales, mythological stories, and biographies of historical characters. 

In 1980, he launched Tinkle, a children's anthology, which was started under Rang Rekha Features, India's first comic and cartoon syndicate, that lasted till 1998, with him as the Managing Director.

Today, Amar Chitra Katha, sells about three million comic books a year, in English and more than 20 Indian languages, and has sold about 100 million copies since its inception in 1967 by Anant Pai, and in 2007 was taken over by ACK Media.

Born in Karkala, Karnataka to Venkataraya and Susheela Pai, he lost his parents at the age of two. At the age of twelve, he came to Mumbai, where he studied in Orient School, Mahim. He studied chemistry, physics and chemical technology at the University of Bombay Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT now UICT) and was a dual degree holder from the University of Bombay.

The idea behind starting a comicbook series devoted to Indian culture and history came to Pai from a quiz contest aired on Doordarshan in February 1967, in which participants could easily answer questions pertaining to Greek mythology, but were unable to reply to the question "In the Ramayana, who was Rama's mother?".

He left his job and started Amar Chitra Katha the same year, with the help of late G. L. Mirchandani of India Book House, when most other publishers from Allied Publishers to Jaico had rejected the concept. Later, he took on the role of writer, editor and publisher. The series went on to become a publishing milestone for the Indian comic book scene, selling over 86 million copies of about 440 titles. (Wikipedia)

Sep 16, 2011

Google Doodle for the Mexico's Independence Day

Today is the Mexico's Independence Day and Google made a special logo.

Top 5 facts about Mexico

The United Mexican States, commonly known as Mexico, is a federal constitutional republic in North America. 

Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world with almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), 

The population of over 112 million. It is the eleventh most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country. 

Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.

In 2007 was the tenth most visited country in the world with 21.4 million international arrivals. (Wikipedia)

Sep 16, 2010 - 

Mexico's Independence Day

More facts:

On September 16, 1810, independence from Spain was declared by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato. 

The first insurgent group was formed by Hidalgo, the Spanish viceregal army captain Ignacio Allende, the militia captain Juan Aldama and "La Corregidora" Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez. Hidalgo and some of his soldiers were captured and executed by firing squad in Chihuahua, on July 31, 1811. Following his death, the leadership was assumed by priest José María Morelos, who occupied key southern cities.

In 1813 the Congress of Chilpancingo was convened and, on November 6, signed the "Solemn Act of the Declaration of Independence of Northern America". Morelos was captured and executed on December 22, 1815. In subsequent years, the insurgency was near collapse, but in 1820 Viceroy Juan Ruiz de Apodaca sent an army under the criollo general Agustín de Iturbide against the troops of Vicente Guerrero. Instead, Iturbide approached Guerrero to join forces, and in 1821 representatives of the Spanish Crown and Iturbide signed the "Treaty of Córdoba" and the "Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire", which recognized the independence of Mexico under the terms of the "Plan of Iguala".

After New Spain won independence from Spain, it was decided that the new country would be named after its capital, Mexico City, which was founded in 1524 on top of the ancient Aztec capital of México-Tenochtitlan. The name comes from the Nahuatl language, but its meaning is not well known. (Wikipedia)


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