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In 1998, Google used the first Google Doodle of the Burning Man Festival, designed by Google's founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, posted on google.com notifying users of their absence in case Google's servers crashed. Since 2000, Dennis Hwang, now Google's international webmaster has been designing the Google Doodles, but designing the Doodles is only about 20 percent of his job.

Selected from 1998-1999

The first few Google Doodles were simple and infrequent. These are all the doodles between 30 August 1998 to 25 December 1999 August 30, 1998 "The Burning Man" (See above) October 29, 1998 Google used an new logo while they were in an open beta release. November 26, 1998 Google's simple first Thanksgiving Doodle October 31, 1999 Google's first Halloween doodle and first Doodle since switching to the new logo that lasted over 10 years November 23, 1999 A Thanksgiving doodle. November 30, 1999 An "Uncle Sam search" when you click on it, it takes you to a Google search page of the United States government. December 25 1999 A Christmas/Season's Greetings Doodle.

October 2009- Present

During 2009, an increasingly higher amount of more intricate Google Doodles have been made. Google Doodle represent things like holidays, anniversaries, or current events. Also, Google holds an annual competition called Doodle 4 Google, in which children in grades K-12 to create a logo that Google will use as a Doodle for google.com. This is a list of Google Doodles from October 2009 to the present.


On October 7, 2009, Google featured a doodle of their logo as a barcode to recognize the anniversary of its invention in 1948 by Bernard Silver.

On October 31, 2009, the Google page displayed a 4-step Halloween logo, showing a more and more chaotic display of sweets after the first 3 clicks, before redirecting the user to the search results page.

During the week of November 2, 2009, Google featured a new picture of Sesame Street characters to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary.

On Friday, November 13, 2009, Google featured the moon as the second "o" in Google with the other letters appearing as water, to celebrate NASA's confirmation of significant amounts of water on the moon.

On Thursday, November 26, 2009 (Thanksgiving Day), Google featured the beloved Peanuts Comic Strip characters Snoopy & Woodstock cooking a Thanksgiving dinner. Chef Snoopy stood in for the Google "l", with Chef Woodstock in Snoopy's hat. That day also marked the birth date of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

On Monday, January 4, 2010, Google honored Isaac Newton, with an animation of an apple falling from a tree.

On Friday, February 12, 2010, Google featured the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, with various athletes and olympic symbols representing certain letters.

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, Google featured a Vivaldi logo on the 332nd anniversary of his birth.

On Sunday, March 14, 2010, Google created a Google Doodle to celebrate Pi Day. It featured the Google logo laid over several circles and pi symbols.

On Thursday, April 1, 2010, Google jokingly changed their name (and logo) to "Topeka" for a day in response to the city of Topeka; Topeka, Kansas had unofficially changed its name to Google for the previous month (see Topeka, Kansas).

On Friday, April 2, 2010, Google created a doodle to celebrate the 205th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen.

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, Google created a doodle to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope Launch by NASA.

On Friday, May 7, 2010, Google created a doodle to celebrate the 170th birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

On Friday, May 21, 2010, Google created a doodle to celebrate the 30th birthday of Pac-Man. This also marks the first doodle to be fully interactive, as it is a fully functional rendition of the original Pac-Man game reshaped into the Google logo. The Pac-Man character can be moved by using the arrow keys on the user's keyboard. This also marks a the first time the "I'm feeling lucky" button has been altered as part of the doodle. The button's text was changed to "Insert Coin" which, when clicked on, starts the game in the logo. A second click adds the Ms. Pac-Man character as a second player, which can be controlled independently of Pac-Man via the W, A, S and D keys. Upon losing all 3 lives, the Google home page redirected to the search page for "PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary". On May 24, 2010, Google announced that it will keep the game permanent at http://www.google.com/pacman/.

In late May 2010, the week after the Pac-Man doodle, Google announced its Doodle4Google winner, Makenzie Melton, a third grader from El Dorado Springs, Missouri. She won $15,000 for a college scholarship, $25,000 for her school to have a computer lab, and a netbook.

On the 5th of June 2010, Dennis Gabor, the inventor of holograms, was featured in the doodle.





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