Most iconic Google Doodles Ever: Art and history in a doodle by Google

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Google Doodle: Way to make things better

There have been thousands of Google Doodles till date. Each day we see a remarkable thing happening at the Google search home page. This always reminds us why Google is one of the best internet companies. Because of the Google Doodle we always have been inspired to learn new things about events, people, history and topics. Thanks to Google Doodles for making us more knowledgeable each day.

Therefore we have made a list of some notable Google Doodles which left a mark in our hearts.

First Google Doodle

The first Google Doodle was posted on the 30th day of August 1998, it was a remarkable day. Since Larry Page and Sergey Brin were out of office to attend the legendary  Burning Man festival in the Nevada Desert.

Google Doodle - Burning Man Festival


Louis Braille’s 107th Birthday – 4th Jan 2006

Google Doodle - Louis Braille's 107th Birthday

Here by use of colored dots, Google beautifully represented and paid its much required tribute to Louis Braille, the inventor of embossed-point alphabet for blind and visually impaired people. It was Louis Braille’s 107th birthday.

Birthday of Yuri Gagarin: First man in space – 11th April 2007


Google Doodle - Yuri Gagarin's Birthday

It April 11th 1961, when Yuri Gagarin an air force pilot from Russia went out to the space, making a remarkable leap for mankind to reach the outer space in a first of its kind manned space craft. Google made us remember this day again.

This event was remembered again on its 50th anniversary (April 12, 2011), with a more Russian reminiscence design and animation.


Tribute to Pacman on its 30th anniversary -21st May 2010

This was one of its kind doodle which is interactive and one can even play the actual Pacman game on it using the keyboard. It used the same game logic and sound effects from the original game. You may still visit the link to play the Google Doodle Pacman game.

50th Anniversary of JFK – 20th Jan 2011

50th Anniversary of JFK's Inauguration

When one would closely look at the beautiful typographic Google Doodle, he would be able to remember the most memorable quote from JFK: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” The sketch representing Google’s G made it even more sweeter.

World Cup 2010 Finals – 11th June 2010


World Cup 2010 Final

World Cup 2010 was unique in its own way. Both of the competing sides were non-former champions at World Cup. Also it would be unfair to not mention the psychic Octopus Paul which mysteriously predicted the winners for many of the games, which came true. Google Doodle did the same and showed Spain, Netherlands and also Octopus Paul in its doodle.

70th birthday of John Lennon – 9th Oct 2010

Imagine: John Lennon Google Doodle







This was Google’s first ever video Doodle. What an amazing way to remember a legend who had been in hearts and minds of an entire generation. A simple animation linked with a Youtube video to John Lennon’s song “Imagine”. Wonderful way to say thanks to the legend and remember him on his 70th birthday.


2011 Total Lunar Eclipse – 15th June 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse 2011






The Total Lunar Eclipse of 2011 was 100 minute long and was a treat for geeks and astronomers. This was one of the rare phenomenon, a central lunar eclipse: in which the center point of Earth’s shadow passes across the moon. Google Doodle showing the phenomenon was a gem for those who missed it or were not in the line of view when it took place. The images taken by Slooh Space Camera was used from three different locations to develop an nice animated view.

Topeka – 1st April 2010

April Fool's Day 2010

For the first time in history Google played a joke by changing its name and logo to “Topeka”. This was done for a day in a response to the city of Topeka in Kansas, United States.

Discovery of water on Moon – 13th Nov 2009

Discovery of Water on the Moon

This is one discovery that every Indian would be proud about. This fact was reported by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) on the Indian Space Research Organisation‘s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-1.   Consequently someone got to know about the finding on the same day and updated it to the Doodle team. I am glad that Google featured this finding on its global platform through its Google Doodle.


50th Anniversary of Lego Brick: 28th Jan 2008

50th Anniversary of the Lego Brick

Same as all other featured Google Doodle’s this one is rather important. We all know Lego Bricks. While very few of us are aware that Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s have a very great affinity towards Lego Bricks. They even used Lego bricks to create a HDD Case for their server, which was used for their very own Google search engine. Isn’t that fantastic.

That’s all that we think are one of the memorable Google Doodles. Do let us know your favorites, would be glad to feature more to this list. Since many of the Doodles are region specific and we might not be aware of it.

Relevance of Google Doodle

Well in the past Google’s Doodle has been referred to as controversial for its choice of topics. But most of all we all enjoy that short moment when we see something special or get to learn something new. It is more about honoring events, people and topics which is to be noteworthy. In conclusion Google being a free search engine has a free thought and Google Doodle has the same legacy ever since it started. I hope we all agree to that.

Do visit the Google Doodle web to view more interesting doodles of all time:

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