Apr 22, 2012

Apr 21, 2012

Friedrich Fröbel Google Doodle

Google celebrated Friedrich Fröbel's 230th Birthday on April 21st, 2012. 

Top 5 facts about Fröbel:

1. Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel was born on April 21, 1782

2. He was a German pedagogue. 

3. Fröbel was a student of Pestalozzi who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. 

4. He developed the concept of the “kindergarten”, developed the Froebel Gifts educational toys, and also coined the word now used in German and English.

5.  Fröbel died  – June 21, 1852.

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Brasilia's Anniversary Google Doodle

Google marked the Brasilia's Anniversary on April 21st, 2012.

Top 5 facts about Brasilia's Anniversary:

1. Brasília  is the federal capital of Brazil.

2. Brasilia was built in 41 months, from 1956 to April 21, 1960, when it was officially inaugurated. From 1763 to 1960, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil. 

The idea of locating the capital in the center of Brazil was first suggested in 1891, but not defined until 1922.

The city was planned and developed in 1956 with Lúcio Costa as the principal urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the principal architect.

Viewed from above, the main portion of the city resembles an airplane or a butterfly.

5. The city of Brasília was the 4th most populous city in Brazil, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador. The population in 2010 was 2,562,963.

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Apr 20, 2012

Eduard Slavoljub Penkala Google Doodle

Google celebrated Eduard Slavoljub Penkala's 141st Birthday on April 20, 2012.

Top 5 facts about Slavoljub Eduard Penkala:

1. He was born on 20th April 1871

2. Slavoljub Eduard Penkala was a Croatian engineer and inventor of Polish-Jewish and Dutch ethnicity.

3. He became renowned for further development of the mechanical pencil (1906) – then called an "automatic pencil" – and the first solid-ink fountain pen (1907).

4. Among his patented inventions were:

- a hot water bottle – his first patented invention, the "Termofor";
- a type of bluing detergent;
a rail-car brake;
- an anode battery.

5. He died on 5th February 1922.

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Apr 18, 2012

Antero de Quental Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 170th birthday of Antero de Quental.

Top 3 facts about Antero de Quental:

1. Antero Tarquínio de Quental was born on April  18, 1842  

2. He was a Portuguese poet, philosopher and writer, whose works became a milestone in the Portuguese language, alongside those of Camões or Bocage.

3. He died on 11 September 1891.

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Jan Kaplický Google Doodle

Google marks the 75th birthday of Jan Kaplický.

Top 5 facts about Jan Kaplický:

1. Jan Kaplický was born on April 18, 1937.

2. He was a world-renowned Czech architect. He was the leading architect behind the innovative design office, Future Systems. He was best known for the futuristic Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England, and the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. 

3. Jan Kaplický spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. 

4. In February 2007, he won the international architectural competition for the new building of the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague, a project that was subsequently cancelled.

5. He died on January 14, 2009.

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Apr 15, 2012

Wilhelm Busch Google Doodle

Google marks the 180th birthday of Wilhelm Busch.

Top 5 facts about Wilhelm Busch:

1. Wilhelm Busch was born on April 15, 1832 

2. He was an influential German caricaturist, painter, and poet who is famed for his satirical picture stories with rhymed texts.

3. One of his first picture stories, Max and Moritz (published in 1865), was an immediate success and has achieved the status of a popular classic and perennial bestseller.

4. Many couplets from Busch's humorous verses have achieved the status of adages in the German language, such as "Vater werden ist nicht schwer, Vater sein dagegen sehr" ("It's easy to become a father, but being one is harder rather") or "Dieses war der erste Streich, doch der zweite folgt sogleich" ("This was the first initial trick, but then the second follows quick"). Only Goethe and Schiller are quoted more frequently in German than Busch.

5. He died on January 9, 1908.

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Robert Doisneau Google Doodle

Google celebrated Robert Doisneau's 100th Birthday on April 14, 2012.

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Songkran Festival Google Doodle

Google celebrated the Songkran Festival with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts:

1. The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. 

2. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.

3. The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following. 

4. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand.

5. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns.

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Lee Jung Seob Google Doodle

Google celebrated the 96th birthday of Lee Jung Seob on April 10, 2012.

Top 5 facts about Lee Jung Seob:

1. Lee Jung Seob was born on April 10, 1916 in Pyeongannamdo. 

2. He was a Korean oil painter.

3. His style was influenced by Fauvism and his themes were very characteristic and indigenous. 

4. He made great contributions to the introduction of western styles in Korea. Also he made line drawings with an awl on packs of cigarettes.

5.  Lee Jung Seob died on September 6, 1956 in Seoul. was a Korean oil painter.

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Elias Lönnrot Google Doodle

Google celebrated Elias Lönnrot's 210th Birthday on April 9, 2012.

Top 5 facts about Elias Lönnrot:

1. Elias Lönnrot was born on 9 April 1802.

2. He was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. 

3. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national folk tales that he gathered during several expeditions in Finland, Russian Karelia, the Kola Peninsula and Baltic countries.

4. The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic that Lönnrot compiled, was among the inspirations for J.R.R. Tolkien's the Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.

5. He died on 19 March 1884.

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Apr 9, 2012

Eadweard Muybridge Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 182nd birthday of Eadweard Muybridge:

Top 5 facts about Eadweard Muybridge:

1. He was born on 9 April 1830. 

2. Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer who spent much of his life in the United States. 

3. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion which used multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip.

4. Many of Muybridge's photographic sequences have been published since the 1950s as artists' reference books.

5. He died on – 8 May 1904.

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Mar 27, 2012

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 126th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe:

Top 5 facts about Ludwig Mies van der Rohe:

1. His real name was Maria Ludwig Michael Mies. He is commonly referred to and addressed as Mies, his surname.

2. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on March 27, 1886.

3. He was a German-American architect. 

4. Along with Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.

5. He died on August 17, 1969.

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Juan Gris Google Doodle

Mar 21, 2012

Persian New Year Google Doodle

Google celebrated the Persian New Year with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts about the Persian New Year:

1. The Persian New Year is known as Nowrūz.

2. The term Nowruz means: "now" - new, "ruz" - day.

3. The first day on the Iranian calendar falls on the March equinox, the first day of spring.

4. Nowruz is celebrated in Greater Iran, Caucasus, Central Asia and by Iranians worldwide.

5. It is a public holiday in Iran, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. 

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Tunisian Independence Day Google Doodle

Google marked the Independence Day of Tunisia on  March 20, 2012.

Mar 20, 2012

Autumn Google Doodle

Google marks the Fall with a specail logo.  

Spring Equinox Google Doodle

Google marks the first day of spring in the Norther hemisphere with a special Doodle, designed by Marimekko.

Google Doodle About the 200th Anniversary of Spain's Constitution

Google celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Spain's Constitution.

Top 5 facts about the Spanish Constitution:

1. The Spanish Constitution of 1812 was promulgated 19 March 1812 by the Cádiz Cortes, the national legislative assembly (Cortes Generales "General Courts") of Spain, while in refuge from the Peninsular War. 

2. This constitution, one of the most liberal of its time, was effectively Spain's first, given that the Bayonne Statute issued in 1808 under Joseph Bonaparte never went into effect. 

3. The 1812 Constitution established the principles of universal male suffrage, national sovereignty, constitutional monarchy and freedom of the press, and supported land reform and free enterprise.

4. Six weeks after Ferdinand VII's return to Spain on 24 March 1814, he abolished the constitution, but it was reinstated during the Trienio Liberal of 1820–1823, and again briefly in 1836 and 1837 while the Progressives prepared the Constitution of 1837.

5.The Spaniards nicknamed the Constitution La Pepa because it was adopted on Saint Joseph's Day.


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