Jan 31, 2012

Iguazu Falls Google Doodle

Google celebrates the discovery of Iguazu Falls with a Doodle:

Top 5 facts about Iguazu Falls:

1. Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of the Brazilian State of Paraná and the Argentine Province of Misiones.

2. The name "Iguazu" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words y, meaning "water", and ûasú , meaning "big".

3.  Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

4. The first European to find the falls was the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.

5. Total height - 60 -82 metres, numbers of drops - 275.

via Wikipedia, YouTube, Google

Atahualpa Yupanqui Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 104th birthday of Atahualpa Yupanqui:


Top 5 facts about Atahualpa Yupanqui:

1. He was born on 31 January 1908.

2. Atahualpa Yupanqui was an Argentine singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer. 

3. He is considered the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century.

4. Some of his best known songs: "Los Hermanos", "Duerme Negrito", "Viene clareando", "El arriero", "Zamba del grillo", "La añera", "La pobrecita".

5. He died on 23 May 1992. 

via Google, Wikipedia, YouTube

Jan 30, 2012

Ion Luca Caragiale Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 160th birthday of Ion Luca Caragiale.

Top 5 facts about Ion Luca Caragiale:

1. I. L. Caragiale was born on February 13 (January 30), 1852. 

2. He was a Wallachian-born Romanian playwright, short story writer, poet, theater manager, political commentator and journalist.

3. He is considered one of the greatest Romanian playwrights and writers, a leading representative of local humor, and a main representative of Junimea, an influential literary society with which he parted during the second half of his life.

4. Caragiale's work, spanning four decades, covers the ground between NeoclassicismRealism, and Naturalism, building on an original synthesis of foreign and local influences. 

5. He died on July 9, 1912.

via Wikipedia

Jan 29, 2012

Google Doodle History: Anton Chekhov Google Doodle

Jan 29, 2010

Top 5 facts about Chekhov:

1.  He was born on 29 January 1860 

2. Anton Chekhov was a Russian dramatist and autho who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.

3. Chekhov practiced as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

4. Chekhov died on 15 July 1904.

5. In America, Chekhov's reputation began its rise slightly later, partly through the influence of Stanislavski's system of acting.

via Wikipedia, Google

Jan 28, 2012

Snowflake Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the 125th anniversary of the largest recorded snowflake. 

Guinness World Records list the world's largest snowflakes as those of January 1887 at Fort Keogh, Montana; allegedly one measured 38 cm (15 in) wide.

The Google Doodle today is a giant snowflake. It falls from the sky over a cow. The snowflake becomes the middle “O” in Google.

via  http://www.nytimes.com/, http://www.washingtonpost.com/, Wikipedia

Jan 26, 2012

Republic Day of India in Google Doodle

Google celebrates the Republic Day of India.

Top 5 facts about the Republic Day of India:

1. In India, Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India on 26 January 1950.

2.  The 26th of January was chosen to honour the memory of the declaration of independence of 1930.

3.  It is one of the three national holidays in India.

4.  The main parade takes place in the national capital New Delhi at the Rajpath before the president.

5. The anniversary is also celebrated with varying degrees of formality in state capitals and other centres.

via Wikipedia, Google

Australia Day in Google Doodle

Google celebrates Australia Day.

Top 5 facts about Australia Day:

1. Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. 

2. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.

3. Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818.

4. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.

Google Doodle Jan 26, 2011

5. The date is controversial to some Australians, particularly those of Indigenous heritage, leading to the use of alternate names, such as Invasion Day and Survival Day. Proposals have been made to change the date of Australia Day, but these have failed to gain widespread public support.

via Wikipedia, Google

Jan 25, 2012

Google Doodle History: Tom Jobim Google Doodle

Jan 25, 2011

Goodle Doodle History: Robert Burns Google Doodle (Jan 25, 2011)

Jan 25, 2011

Top 5 facts about Robert Burns:

1. He was born on January 25, 1959.

2. Burns was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. 

3. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English.

4. Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement.

5. He died on 21 July 1796.

via Wikipedia, Google

Vladimir Vysotsky Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 74th birthday of Vladimir Vysotsky.

Top 5 facts about Vladimir Vysotsky:

1. He was born on January 25, 1938.

2. Vysotsky was a Soviet singer, songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Russian culture.

3. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon.

4. Vysotsky died on July 25, 1980.

5. He was posthumously awarded the title of Meritorious Artist of the Soviet Union.

via Wikipedia, YouTube, Google

Jan 23, 2012

Jože Plečnik Google Doodle

Today Google's theme is Ljubljana - a picture of the Triple Bridge was featured as official Doodle. 
Google celebrates the 140th birthday of Jože Plečnik.

Top 5 facts about Jože Plečnik:

1. He was born on January 23, 1872 in Ljubljana. 

2. Jože Plečnik was a Slovene architect who practised in ViennaBelgradePrague and Ljubljana.

3. Some of his best known works: Prague Castle (1920–34), Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, (1929–32), National and University Library(1930–41).

4. Plečnik was depicted on the obverse of the Slovenian 500 tolar banknote, and the National and University library of Slovenia was depicted on the reverse.

5. He died on 7 January 1957.

Happy New Chinese Year in Google Doodle

Google celebrates the New Chinese Year:

Top 5 facts about New Chinese Year:

1. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

2. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival" because it marks the end of the winter.

3. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar.

4. Chinese New Year is celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand.

5. The lunisolar Chinese calendar determines the date of Chinese New Year.

via Wikipedia, Google, YouTube

Jan 20, 2012

Omar Rayo Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 84th birthday of Omar Rayo.

Top 5 facts about Omar Rayo:

1. He was born on January 20, 1928.

2. Omar Rayo  was a Colombian paintersculptorcaricaturist and plastic artist.

3. Rayo worked with abstract geometryprimarily employing black, white and red. He was part of the Op Art movement. 

4. One of his most celebrated exhibitions was carried out in the National Room of the Museum of the Palace of fine arts of Mexico, titled "20 years, 100 works: Omar Rayo."

5. He died on June 7, 2010.

via Wikipedia

Federico Fellini Google Doodle

Google honors today Federico Fellini with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts about Fellini:

1. He was born on January 20, 1920 in Rimini.

2.  Fellini was an Italian film director and scriptwriterKnown for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century.

3. His best films are: 8½, La Dolce Vita, Amarcord.

4. In 1993 he won Oscar for Lifetime Achievement

5. He died on October 31, 1993.

via: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube

Jan 19, 2012

Google Doodle History: Cézanne's Birthday (Jan 19, 2011)

Top 5 facts about Cézanne:

1. Paul  Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839.

2. He was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter.

3. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism.

4.  Cézanne died a few days later, on 22 October 1906.

5. Cézanne Google Doodle was first painted by a Googler named Mike Dutton as a real oil painting and then reconstructed in digital format.

via Wikipedia

Jan 17, 2012

Google Doodle Honors the Wan Brothers, the Monkey King VIDEO

Google honors the 112th birthday of Wan Gu-Chan, director of The Wan Brothers, The Monkey King with a special animated Doodle.

Top 5 facts about Wan Guchan:

1. Wan Guchan  was born on January 18, 1900 in Nanjing, China. 
2. He was was a Chinese filmmaker.
3. Wan Guchan was one of the Wan brothers who pioneered the Chinese animations industry.
4. Wan Guchan joined his twin brother Wan Laiming in most of the animation projects and experimentations.
5. He died on November 19, 1995.

via Wikipedia, Google, YouTube

Jan 16, 2012

Google Doodle celebrates Teacher's day in Thailand

Teacher’s day is celebrated every year on January 16th in Thailand. It is also a school holiday.  The day was adopted as Teachers' Day, by a resolution of the government on November 21, 1956. The first Teachers' Day was held in 1957.

The highlights of the day include religious activities, a ceremony of paying respect to teachers and activities to strengthen unity among teachers.

On this day four teachers representing the four regions of Thailand are named Great Idealistic Teachers of the year and receive the award from Prime Minister  at a ceremony to be held at the Teachers Council of Thailand.

via http://www.learnthaiwithmod.comhttp://festivals.iloveindia.com, google

Google Doodle celebrates Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King was born on Jan 15, 1929 in Atlanta, but his holiday is observed on the third Monday of Januaryeach year (2012 - Jan 16). 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day began in 1976.

The Doodle is surrounded by the famous phrases from Martin Luther King: 
"I have a dream that my four little children will not be judged by their color of their skin ... I have a dream today." and "We shall overcome someday."

Today’s “Google Doodle” was created by the Harlem-born artist and author Faith Ringgold. 


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