Feb 28, 2012

Gioachino Rossini and Leap Year Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the 220th birthday of Gioachino Rossini and the Leap Year.

Top 5 facts about Rossini:

1. He was born on February 29, 1792.

2. Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer.

3. He wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.

4. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell (William Tell).

5. Rossini died on 13 November 1868.

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February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.

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Feb 27, 2012

Google Doodle about the Independence Day of Dominican Republic

Google celebrates the Independence Day of Dominican Republic:

The Dominican Independence War gave the Dominican Republic independence from Haiti in 1844. Before the war, the whole island of Hispaniola had been under Haitian rule for 22 years when Haiti occupied the newly independent state of Haití Español in 1822. (via Wikipedia)

Feb 25, 2012

Ibn Battuta Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the 708th birthday of Ibn Battuta with six Doodles.

Top 5 facts about Ibn Battuta:

1. He was born on February 25, 1304.

2. Ibn Battuta was was a Muslim Berber Moroccan explorer, known for his extensive travels published in the Rihla ("The Journey").

3. Over a period of thirty years, he visited most of the known Islamic world, including North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time.

4. He journeyed more than 75,000 miles (121,000 km), a figure unsurpassed by any individual explorer until the coming of the Steam Age some 450 years later.

5. Ibn Battuta died in 1368 or 1369.

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Google Doodle about the Independence Day of Kuwait

Google marks the Independence Day of Kuwait with a Doodle.

Feb 24, 2012

Estonian Independence Day Google Doodle

Google marks the Independence day of Estonia with a special Doodle.

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Hyo-seok Lee Google Doodle

Google celebrated the birthday of Hyo-seok Lee.

Top 5 facts about Lee Hyo-Seok:

1. His pen name was Gasan.

2. He was a famous Korean writer.

3. Lee Hyo-seok began his life as a writer with the publication of “City and Ghost” in 1928.

4. In the mid-1930s Lee published "When the Buckwheat Blossoms," one of the most celebrated Korean short stories to date.

5. Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall consists of the Literature Exhibition, Literary Class, Art Research, Creative Idea Room, and a Theater for literary plays.

via http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

Feb 22, 2012

Heinrich Hertz Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the 155th birthday of Heinrich Hertz with an animated logo.

Top 5 facts about Heinrich Hertz:

1. He was born on February 22, 1857.

2. Hertz was a German physicist.

3.  He clarified and expanded the electromagnetic theory of light that had been put forth by James Clerk Maxwell. He was the first to conclusively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves by engineering instruments to transmit and receive radio pulses using experimental procedures that ruled out all other known wireless phenomena.

4. The scientific unit of frequency—one cycle per second—was named the "hertz" in his honor.

5. Hertz died on January 1, 1894.

Three YouTube videos about Hertz:

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Feb 17, 2012

Agniya Barto Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 112th birthday of Agniya Barto:

Top 5 facts about Agniya Barto:

1. Agniya Lvovna Barto was born on February 17, 1906 in  Moscow.

2. She was a Soviet poet and children's writer.

3.In 1925 she published her first books Chinese boy Wan-Lin (Китайчонок Ван-Линь) and Mishka -the-petty- thief (Мишка-Воришка). Then there were First of the May (Первое мая), 1926 and Brothers (Братишки). After publishing a book of poetic miniatures for toddlers Toys (Игрушки) 1936, she suddenly became one of the most popular children authors with her books published in millions of copies. 

In 1977 she published book Translations from the Children language (Переводы с детского) composed of her translations of poetry written by children of different countries. 

She was the author of the script for the children movies Foundling (Подкидыш, 1940), Elephant and a Rope (Слон и верёвочка) 1945, Alyosha Ptitsyn trains his character (Алёша Птицын вырабатывает характер), 1953, 10 000 boys (10 000 мальчиков), 1962, Find a person (Найти человека), 1973.

4. During nine years Agniya was the anchor of radio programme Find a person (Найти человека), that helped to find the family members lost during the World War II. During that time she helped to reunite no less than a thousand families. She wrote a book about it 1966.

5. She died on April 1, 1981.

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Feb 16, 2012

Lithuanian Independence Day Google Doodle

Google celebrates the Independence day of Lithuania:

National Day of Serbia in Google Doodle

Google celebrated the National Day of Serbia with a black-and-white logo:

The National Day of Serbia is on February 15 - the beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule in 1804 and first constitution in 1835.

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Feb 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates Saint Valentine's Day with an animated Doodle.

A YouTube video by websonicnl:

Top 5 facts about St Valentine's Day:

1. It is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine.

2. St Valentine's Day was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD.

3. It was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

4. The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.

In 1797, a British publisher issued The Young Man's Valentine Writer, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own.

5. 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US (The U.S. Greeting Card Association). An estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.

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Feb 12, 2012

Anna Pavlova Google Doodle VIDEO, PHOTOS

Google celebrates the 131st birthday of Anna Pavlova.

Top 5 facts about Anna Pavlova:

1. Anna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881.

2. She was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th century. 

3. Anna Pavlova is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history and was most noted as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. 

4. Pavlova is most recognised for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

5. She died on January 23, 1931.

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May Ziade Google Doodle

Google celebrated May Ziade's 126th Birthday:

Top 5 facts about May Ziade:

1. May Ziade  was born on February 11, 1886.

2. She was a prolific Christian Lebanese-Palestinian poet, essayist and translator.

3. A writer for the Arabic newspapers and periodicals, Ziade also wrote a number of poems and books. 

4. She was a key figure of the Nahda in the early 20th century Arab literary scene, and is known for being an "early Palestinian feminist" and a "pioneer of Oriental feminism."

5. May Ziade died on 1941. 

via Wikipedia

Feb 8, 2012

Itō Jakuchū Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 296th birthday of Itō Jakuchū.


Top 5 facts about Itō Jakuchū:

1. He was born in 1716.

2. Itō Jakuchū was a Japanese painter  of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world.

3. Many of his paintings concern traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds. 

4. He held strong ties to Zen Buddhist ideals.

5. Itō Jakuchū died in 1800.


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