Saturday, April 30, 2016

Google Doodles May 2016

May 19, 2016: Yuri Kochiyama's 95th Birthday 

It’s with great pleasure that Google celebrates Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American activist who dedicated her life to the fight for human rights and against racism and injustice. Born in California, Kochiyama spent her early twenties in a Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas during WWII. She and her family would later move to Harlem, where she became deeply involved in African American, Latino, and Asian American liberation and empowerment movements. Today's doodle by Alyssa Winans features Kochiyama taking a stand at one of her many protests and rallies.

Kochiyama left a legacy of advocacy: for peace, U.S. political prisoners, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for Japanese Americans interned during the war. She was known for her tireless intensity and compassion, and remained committed to speaking out, consciousness-raising, and taking action until her death in 2014.

May 17, 2016: Norway National Day 2016

Today is Norway's national day or Constitution Day. On this day, children all over the country will participate in local parades that visit memorials, retirement homes, and civil centers. The largest parade is in Oslo, Norway's capital, with over 100 schools and their marching bands participating. The procession will pass the royal palace where the royal family will greet people from the main balcony. Today's Doodle gets in on the festivities with a depiction of the Eidsvoll — the historic building where the Norwegian Constitution was written.

Happy syttende mai, Norway!

May 15, 2016: Dominican Republic Elections 2016

May 14 & 18, 2016: Long Night of Museums 2016

Tonight, museums across Europe will take part in the Long Night of Museums. On this night, local cultural institutions will stay open extra-late to celebrate culture, science, and education.

Many museums provide free admission tonight with some cities also subsidizing public transport during this time. Check to see if your local exhibits are open to the public, and enjoy the treasures of our past.

May 13, 2016: Daeng Soetigna's 108th Birthday

Music can instantly transport a listener to a unique place and time. The melodic sounds of the angklung are no exception. One rap of the hand on this Indonesian bamboo instrument, and we’re transported to the tranquil islands of Southeast Asia. For this, we can thank Daeng Soetigna, whose novel seven-note diatonic angklung brought the tones of Indonesia to an international audience. While the oldest known angklung dates back to the 17th century, it was Soetigna’s modifications in 1938 that lifted it out of obscurity and into orchestras, concerts, and classrooms around the world.

May 12, 2016: Yom Ha'atzmaut 2016

Yom Ha'atzmaut (Day of Independence) is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. It is celebrated either on the 5th of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar, or on one of the preceding or following days, depending on which day of the week this date falls on. Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day is followed by Yom Ha'atzmaut.

May 9, 2016: Philippines Elections 2016

Today, Filipinos will decide not only the country’s 16th president, but also 12 senators, 297 house representatives, and thousands of governors, mayors, and city council members all across the country. The Philippines will awaken as a new country tomorrow. Have your say by voting today!

May 8, 2016: Parent's Day in Korea

In South Korea, Parent's Day is annually held on May 8th. Parent's Day is celebrated by both the public and the government. Family events focus on the parents; popular actions include giving parents carnations. Public events are led by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and include public celebrations and awards.

May 8, 2016: Mother's Day 2016

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

May 6, 2016: 2016 Hockey World Championship

The Hockey World Championship is underway in Russia, and fans everywhere are teeming with anticipation. Will Russia reclaim its elite status? Will Canada defend its title as the ice hockey world champions? The stakes couldn’t be higher.

May 6, 2016: Sigmund Freud's 160th Birthday

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist best known for developing the theories and techniques of psychoanalysis.

May 5, 2016: Father's Day 2016 (Germany)

In Germany, Father's Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other parts of the world. It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called men's day, Männertag, or gentlemen's day, Herrentag. It is tradition for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour with one or more smaller wagons, Bollerwagen, pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine or beer (according to region) and traditional regional food, Hausmannskost. Many men use this holiday as an opportunity to get drunk. According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day. The tradition of getting drunk is especially prevalent in Eastern Germany.

May 5, 2016: Children's Day 2016 (Japan & Korea)

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an "appropriate" day.

May 4, 2016: Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday.

Jane Jacobs OC OOnt (born Jane Butzner; May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was a Canadian and American journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. The book also introduced sociology concepts such as "eyes on the street" and "social capital".

May 3, 2016: Teachers' Day 2016 (US)

Students often show appreciation for their teachers with gifts or thank-you cards. The National Education Association (NEA) describes National Teacher Day as "a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives"

May 2, 2016: Mario Miranda’s 90th birthday

Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brito Miranda, ComIH (2 May 1926 – 11 December 2011), conveniently known as Mario Miranda or Mario de Miranda, was an Indian cartoonist and painter based in Loutolim in the Indian state of Goa. Miranda had been a regular with The Times of India and other newspapers in Mumbai, including The Economic Times, though he got his popularity with his works published in The Illustrated Weekly of India. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

May 1, 2016: Labour Day 2016

Labour Day is a public holiday honoring the many achievements of labor unions since the 1800s — in particular, the 8 hour working day. Reasonable wages, breaks, and paid vacation are all important to a fair and healthy economy. In some places, people spend the day protesting current labor conditions, attending public demonstrations, and events. Others attend festivals, concerts, or get together with family and friends. Some just spend the day not working.

The day originated in the United States during the Labour Movement that started in the state of Illinois. Now, it's observed in over 90 countries worldwide.  

Happy Labour Day, however you celebrate it.

May 1, 2016: Mother's Day 2016 (Spain, Portugal, Lithuania)

In Portugal, the "Dia da Mãe" ("Mother's Day") is an unofficial holiday held each year on the first Sunday of May (sometimes coinciding with Labour Day). The weeks leading up to this Sunday, school children spend a few hours a day to prepare a gift for their mothers, aided by their school teachers. In general, mothers receive gifts by their family members and this day is meant to be celebrated with the whole family. Before was celebrated at 8 December, the same date of the Conception of the Virgin celebration.

In Spain, Mother's Day or Día de la Madre is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. The weeks leading up to this Sunday, school children spend a few hours a day to prepare a gift for their mothers, aided by their school teachers. In general, mothers receive gifts by their family members & this day is meant to be celebrated with the whole family. It is also said to be celebrated in May, as May is the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary (mother of Jesus) according to Catholicism.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Captain America: Civil War - Behind the Scenes

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Google Doodle To Celebrate Earth Day 2016

Tundra and Polar Bear

Forest and Red Fox

Grasslands and Elephant 

Desert and Tortoise

Aquatic/Ocean, Coral Reef and Octopus

April 22, 2016: Earth Day 2016

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, may be the one day that transcends culture, language, and tradition. Doodler Sophie Diao shares some of her thoughts on the day and the paintings she created:

The vastness of Earth’s diversity makes it an intimidating topic, but in the end I chose to highlight Earth’s five major biomes: the tundra, forest, grasslands, desert, and coral reefs. In each illustration, you’ll find one animal who’s been singled out for their 15 minutes of fame. Each time you visit, you’ll randomly receive one of the five doodles. Keep refreshing to admire a different side of Earth’s immense beauty.

Scientists estimate the Earth’s age at over 4.5 billion years, but its Day has only existed for 46. Earth Day inspires all of us to appreciate our big blue and green orb with events big and small, ranging from family hiking trips to citywide recycling initiatives.

Originally conceived by peace activist John McConnell in 1969, Earth Day as we know it was established by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson a year later. Concerned about humanity’s impact on the natural world, Nelson sought to raise public awareness of environmental issues by devoting a day to environmental  events and education. Since its inception, Earth Day has spread to nearly 200 countries, with millions of celebrants all around the world.

It’s a day to reflect. I am personally in awe of nature’s persistence and creativity. Our planet – with its alternate scorching heat and bitter cold, its jagged peaks and deep trenches – may not always be kind to its inhabitants. Yet somehow the flora and fauna of Earth manage to thrive. On a day like this, we remember and celebrate our home in this great and stunning ecosystem.

We live on a beautiful planet, and it’s the only one we’ve got. Happy Earth Day!

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Google Doodles April 2016

April 30, 2016: Children's Day 2016 (Mexico, Columbia)

In Mexico, Children's Day ("Día Del Niño") is celebrated April 30. On this day teachers in schools organize the day for their children. In some schools, lessons are suspended for the day. They organize games, music, and the children bring in their favorite foods to share with others. Some families also have a day out with their children. There are special activities for the children in parks and sports centers. Sometimes, also, the children will be given presents by their families. This is the day when children are honored in Mexico.

April 30, 2016: Claude Shannon’s 100th birthday

Claude Elwood Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon was famous for having founded information theory with a landmark paper that he published in 1948. 

April 29, 2016: 48th Anniversary of first TV broadcasting of Les Shadoks

Nearly half a century later, France still fondly recalls Les Shadoks. With absurd maxims like “every advantage has its disadvantage, and vice versa," the bird-like creatures and their hilariously inane brand of logic struck a chord with French culture when they hit the screen in 1968.

April 28, 2016: Girls' and Boys' Day 2016
Google Coverage: Germany

April 28, 2016: Hertha Marks Ayrton’s 162nd birthday

Phoebe Sarah Hertha Ayrton (28 April 1854 – 23 August 1923), was a British engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor. Known in adult life as Hertha Ayrton, born Phoebe Sarah Marks, she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.

April 27, 2016: King's Day 2016

For King’s Day, or Koningsdag, the Dutch come together to celebrate the birth of their current king, Willem-Alexander. Celebrants wear orange in honor of the royal family’s house color, making King’s Day one of the most vivid of the year.

April 27, 2016: Freedom Day 2016

Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution.

April 27, 2016: Pencho Slaveykov’s 150th birthday

Pencho Petkov Slaveykov (Bulgarian: Пенчо Петков Славейков) (27 April 1866 O.S. – 10 June 1912 (O.S. 28 May 1912)) was a noted Bulgarian poet and one of the participants in the Misal ("Thought") circle. He was the youngest son of the writer Petko Slaveykov.

April 23, 2016: Celebrating William Shakespeare and St. George's Day 2016

Today's Doodle celebrates St. George, the patron saint of England and famous for slaying a dragon. This year he shares the stage with one of the most prolific voices of our time: William Shakespeare.

April 21, 2016: A #GoogleDoodle 4 Prince (1958-2016)

Google added a new Doodle to its website on Thursday, with a purple logo caught in a storm of “Purple Rain” in honor of Prince. The Doodle links to Prince-related music videos, news stories and websites. 

April 23, 2016: National Sovereignty and Children's Day 2016

Today, Turkey celebrates both its independence and its nation's youth — the future of the Turkish Republic. Sovereignty and Children's Day is a week-long celebration filled with games, dances, and a very special tradition. 

April 21, 2016: R.A. Kartini's 137th Birthday

Born to a family of Javanese aristocrats in 1879, R.A. Kartini came into the world straddling two cultures. She had a deep affinity for her family and traditional Javanese customs, but was profoundly influenced by her brushes with progressive Dutch ideas and Western literature. Like all girls of noble birth in Java at the time, Kartini was removed from school at the age of twelve, but continued to devour books and cultivate her views on the position of women in society and the Javanese people under Dutch rule.

 April 20, 2016: Mohammed Ghani Hikmat’s 87th birthday

Today's Doodle celebrates famed Iraqi sculptor Mohammed Ghani Hikmat. Hikmat created well-regarded works such as Scheherazade and Shahrayar, and the Fountain of Kahramana. Many of his sculptures were inspired by the stories in 1,001 Nights — widely know as the 'Tales of Arabian Nights'. An activist as well as an artist, Hikmat was responsible for reclaiming art taken from the National Museum of Iraq during the political turbulence in the early 2000s. His work is displayed in city centers and busy squares as an ode to his deep connection to Iraqi culture.

April 15, 2016: Samaun Samadikun’s 85th birthday

In today's doodle by Sophie Diao, we pay tribute to Samaun Samadikun, one of Indonesia’s brightest scientific minds. Born in 1931, he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, was a professor at Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology and was the founder of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. His contributions to microelectronics research, space programs, and university engineering still resonate today. A very Happy Birthday to Dr. Samadikun on what would have been his 85th birthday.

April 13, 2016: Songkran Festival 2016

Songkran Day is one of the most significant holidays in Thailand. Typically celebrated between April 13th and 15th, it marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. 

April 10, 2016: Perú Elections 2016

From forested Loreto to sunny Tacna, Peruvians across the country will choose a new president today. Over 31 million citizens across 25 regions have the opportunity to vote, and the newly-elected leader will guide the country for next five years.

April 7, 2016: Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 96th birthday

Today we celebrate Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was born 96 years ago today. Shankar evangelized the use of Indian instruments in Western music, introducing the atmospheric hum of the sitar to audiences worldwide. He performed frequently with the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and composed a concerto with sitar for the London Symphony Orchestra. Shankar also taught George Harrison of the Beatles how to play the sitar, and widely influenced popular music in the 1960s and 70s.

April 6, 2016: 120th Anniversary of First Modern Olympic Games

Today is the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympic games, which started in Athens, Greece in 1896. Officially called the Games of the I Olympiad, the events took place inside the Panathenaic Stadium. 

April 4, 2016: Cazuza’s 58th birthday

Like so many great rock musicians, Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto, better known as Cazuza, began his career rattling the walls of neighborhood garages. A native of Rio de Janeiro, he fell in with the fledgling rock group Barão Vermelho when a friend urged him to audition for their open lead vocalist position. After landing a song on the soundtrack for a local film, the group played at the first ever Rock in Rio music festival, and their popularity soared. 

April 3, 2016: Start of the 100th tour of Flanders

Today marks the 100th tour of Flanders, or De Ronde van Vlaanderen, an annual springtime road cycling race held in Belgium since 1913. The race was put on hold during World War I, but has been held every year without interruption since 1919. The 2016 race covers 255 km (158 mi) with 18 categorized climbs and 7 flat cobblestoned sections — a notoriously bumpy ride for cyclists.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

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