Top Google Doodles

Since 1998, Google has created thousands of colorful and imaginative doodles to commemorate important holidays and people. Take a look back at some of the most iconic designs from around the world.

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Google's video celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by taking us through the journey to the moon and back, narrated by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins.
What is more American than baseball and food? Google celebrated Independence Day with a Fourth of July interactive where people can play baseball with an increasing roster of hamburgers, chicken nuggets, french fries - even lettuce and cherries.
The eighth edition of the Women's World Cup starts June 7, 2019 in Paris. Google celebrated with a doodle of women players from each of the competing countries.
Google engineers mixed the old world with the new in this AI-powered harmonizer created to celebrate the life of Johann Sebastian Bach on March 21, 2019.
Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! The modern internet as we know it hits the big 3-0 today, starting with a proposal for a network of information shared between computers submitted by 33-year-old CERN software engineer Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee would go on to develop familiar languages and applications like HTML, HTTP and URL addresses.
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Legendary Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa, known best as "La Negra" for her long, black hair, is the subject of celebration for Google Doodle on Jan. 31, 2019, with an illustration by artist Shanti Rittgers. Sosa's music was rooted in traditional folk music, influenced by her indigenous Aymara heritage.
What are you doing staring at Google's homepage when you could be voting?
Google's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month comes in the form of humanitarian and baseball great Roberto Clemente on Oct. 12, 2018. Clemente was the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
It's a beautiful day on Google's homepage. Google released a doodle on Sept. 21, 2018, celebrating the 51st anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with a stop-motion short and a logo swap.
Google produced an animated reading of Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" poem in honor of her 90th birthday on April 4, 2018.
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Google's Jan. 16, 2018, doodle features prominent Mexican actress Katy Jurado's 94th birthday. Jurado, born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, won a Golden Globe for the 1952 western High Noon for her portrayal of Helen Ramirez.
Har Gobind Khorana didn't discover DNA, but modern understanding of the building blocks of our genes would be all the less without Khorana's work at the University of Wisconsin. The Indian-American biochemist discovered how amino acids are built from DNA, an accomplishment for which he won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968, along with Robert Holley and Marshall Nirenberg. He later made the first working synthetic gene.

The doodle, illustrated by Rohan Dahotre, celebrates what would have been Khorana's 96th birthday.
Google is celebrating the life and career of Selena Quintanilla, the Tejano singer known for hits like "Dreaming of You" and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" on the anniversary of her first studio album, released October 17, 1989. Quintanilla was shot and killed by the former president of her fan club in 1995.
The world’s most popular search engine is celebrating its 19th birthday with a birthday-themed Google Doodle — a search spinner that will link to 19 games and past interactive Doodles. The doodle featured on the Google homepage on Sept. 27, 2017.
To celebrate the 44th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, this doodle features a graphic by famed graffiti artist Cey Adams, two interactive turntables on which users can mix samples from legendary tracks, and a dose of hip hop history with an emphasis on its founding pioneers from the Bronx.
American Indian activist Richard Oakes peacefully agitated for American Indians to gain control of their own land and promoted greater respect for American Indian rights. Oakes was assassinated in 1972, but he would have turned 75 on May 22, 2017.
Sarah Harrison, 15, won the annual Doodle 4 Google competition with her theme of inclusiveness and diversity. “My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are,” she said in her Doodle submission.
The Google Doodle for Feb. 23, 2017, features NASA's "record breaking" discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a single dwarf star. Three of the seven exoplanets are located in a solar system's "habitable zone", or zones where planets are most likely to have liquid water.
The Google Doodle for Jan. 30, 2107, featured Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, an American civil rights activist who spoke out against Japanese American internment during World War II. Korematsu was born on Jan. 30, 1919, and died in 2005.
Google's 2016 US Election Day doodle leads to a tool that helps users find their polling place, after playing a cute animation.
Google is celebrating Sigmund Freud's 160th birthday with a special doodle on May 6, 2016. Visitors to Google's home page in much of the world are seeing an image of Freud's head nestled between a pair of icebergs with a passing ship going by. Freud is known as the father of psychoanalysis.
The Google Doodle celebrated the 131st birthday of Alice Paul, an American suffragist and women’s rights activist, on Jan. 11, 2016. Paul’s efforts helped secure the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920. See the Doodle here.
Hedy Lamarr — once called “the most beautiful woman in the world” — was celebrated in a Google Doodle for what would have been her 101st birthday on Nov. 9, 2015. The doodle depicts Lamarr’s dual-life as a prominent 1940’s actress and inventor whose work helped form the foundation for technologies like Wi-Fi and GPS. Watch it here.
Google celebrates the 81st Anniversary of the most famous photograph supposedly taken of the Loch Ness Monster. In the doodle, three underwater aliens operate a machine that, above water, looks like the Loch Ness Monster. See the doodle here.
Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando, who invented instant ramen, would have turned 105 years old on March 5, 2015. Ando said it took him 48 years to come up with the creation of instant noodles.
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This illustration by artist Ekua Holmes appeared on Google's homepage on Monday, January 19, 2015 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Click through for more top Google Doodles.
An 11-year-old Long Island girl's drawing was featured on Google's homepage after she beat thousands of other young artists in the yearly Doodle 4 Google competition. Audrey Zhang of Levittown drew a whimsical water cleaning machine, titled "Back to Mother Nature," for the contest, which was based on the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.”
The Google doodle on May 19, 2014 honored the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube. Invented by Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture at the University of Budapest, it's been exasperating — and overjoying — players for years. Play with the interactive doodle here.
Google celebrated Valentine's Day in 2011 with a tribute to Robert Indiana's iconic 'LOVE' sculpture. See the doodle here.
Franz Kafka's 130th birthday would have been July 3, 2013. Google dedicates this doodle to the literary giant's The Metamorphosis. See the doodle here.
Google celebrated Pac-Man's 30th anniversary on May 2, 2010 with its first-ever playable doodle. See the doodle here.
Maurice Sendak, an American children's book icon, would have been 85 years old on Jun. 10, 2013. His most celebrated story is Where the Wild Things Are. See the doodle here.
Music icon Les Paul was remembered on June 9, 2011 – what would have been his 96th birthday – with an interactive, playable guitar. See the doodle here.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is depicted in this doodle celebrating writer Mark Twain's 176th birthday on Nov. 30, 2011. See the doodle here.
Talented Freddie Mercury was honoured on Sept. 5, 2011 to mark what would have been his 65th birthday. An animated Google doodle video was accompanied by the 1978 Queen classic "Don't Stop Me Now." See the doodle here.
The 46th anniversary of Star Trek's 1st broadcast was Sep. 8, 2012. The doodle is interactive and features multiple scenes. See the doodle here.
Google honored the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, the man who invented the electronic analog Moog Synthesizer, on May 23, 2012. See the doodle here.
Claude Debussy's 151st birthday would have been Aug. 22, 2013. Google commemorates the influential composer with a doodle set against the melody of Clair de Lune. See the doodle here.
Kenya celebrated its 50th anniversary of gaining independence on Dec. 12, 2013. See the doodle here.
Pablo Picasso was a painter, sculptor and co-founder of the Cubism movement. Google celebrates his 121th birthday on Oct. 25th, 2002. See the doodle here.
Science-fiction writer Jules Verne would have been 183 years old on Feb. 8, 2011. Google's doodle is inspired by his iconic book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. See the doodle here.
Google memorializes Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci in this doodle featuring the Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian Man. He would have been 553 years old on Apr. 14, 2005. See the doodle here.
The world as we know it would not be the same without the invention of the zipper. Thank you, Gideon Sundback, who would have been 132 years old on Apr. 24, 2012. See the doodle here.
Artist Peter Carl Fabergé created intricately designed jeweled eggs, ultimately crafting the beautiful gems for the Russian court. He would have been 166 years old on May 30, 2012. See the doodle here.
Italian-American inventor Frank Zamboni is celebrated in a Google Doodle game on Jan. 16, 2013. See the doodle here.
Google celebrates the 50th Anniversary of JFK's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2011. The doodle features word clouds made up of words and phrases from John F. Kennedy's iconic speech. See the doodle here.
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