Google celebrated its 18th birthday yesterday even though the Sundar Pichai-led Californian company doesn’t exactly know when it was formed. The company founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 now widely celebrates its birthday on September 27. Last year though, it celebrated on 26th of the same month. The company's own history lists its incorporation date as September 4, 1998 - the nearest date to a corporate birthday - as September 4.
Ever since Google began celebrating its birthdays since 2002, it has celebrated its birthday with a Doodle. However, the first Doodle, for the Burning Man festival in 1998, actually occurred before the company was technically founded.
In 2004, many sceptics believed that the company's growth would ruin its culture, compromising its playful, anti-corporate image.
We walk down memory lane and chronologically look at some of the iconic Google doodles released in India.
RD Burman’s Birthday – June 27, 2016
The doodle celebrated RD Burman's 77th birthday and honoured his lifelong commitment to composing top-notch music for Bollywood.
Mario Miranda’s 90th Birthday – May 2, 2016
Created by a guest doodler Aaron Renier, it paid homage to Mario Miranda’s fabulous work. Explaining how he went about creating this doodle, Renier said, “I approached Mario’s work by pretending I was drawing with him. I chose his most popular style, very flat with criss-crossing interactions. Hopefully, people will see something of [Miranda’s] spirit in it.”
M.F Husain’s 100th Birthday – September 17, 2015
Celebrating Husain's unapologetic devotion to beauty, people, and the world, the doodle reached various parts of the world like South America, South Africa and northern Europe.
Nargis’ 86th Birthday – June 1, 2015
The doodle was illustrated by a guest artist Patrick Leger, which reached parts of South America and South Asia including Pakistan.
B.R Ambedkar’s 124th Birthday – April 14, 2015
Google celebrated the birthday of the man who wrote the constitution with a doodle as it reached Eastern Europe, South America and India.
Raj Kapoor’s 90th Birthday – December 14, 2014
Google decided to pay a tribute to Raj Kapoor - one of the most iconic stars in the history of Bollywood.
160th Anniversary of the First Passenger Train in India – April 16, 2013
Jagjit Singh’s 72nd Birthday – Feb 8, 2013
One of the most soulful voices for Ghazals, Jagjit Singh having passed away in October 2011, Google decided to celebrate the late singer’s birthday with a doodle.
Children's Day / Doodle 4 Google 2010 - India Winner – November 14, 2010
Google launched its second ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition in India to celebrate Children’s Day on November 14. “My dream for India” was the theme in a bid to encourage young doodlers to imagine what India would be like in two decades from now and capture those images in colour and paper. The competition was open for all children from five to 16 years, across India.
Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi – October 2, 2009
“The doodle to celebrate Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's birthday is both my first illustration since joining the doodle team and a project that is very dear to me. As a prominent figure for peace and non-violent resistance, Gandhi is an icon whose legacy I could not readily distill into one representation,” said the illustrator Jennifer Hom.
Most recently, Google unveiled new software that crunches user location data, emails and other information to plan and organise trips automatically. The company is also expected to announce two new smartphones — billed as the first-ever to be designed wholly by Google — at an event next month.
Google, one of the world's most powerful companies, second only to Apple in value, with a market capitalisation of $541bn (£417bn), offers a plethora of solutions including advertising, productivity tools like email, office suites and online storage; its services like Maps also provide plenty of assistance through applications on our phones. Its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are ranked 12th and 13th on Forbes' list of the richest people in the world, with net worth of $35.2bn and $34.4bn respectively.