The 21 Best Google Doodles

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Halloween 2013
Halloween 2013
Google
Take a break from trick or treating to celebrate Halloween with Google's festive interactive doodle. The doodle allows visitors to help a witch mix a potion in her cauldron, and every combination of ingredients unlocks a spooky mini game. It's the Internet equivalent of handing out candy.
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216th Anniversary of the first-Ever Parachute Jump
216th Anniversary of the first-Ever Parachute Jump
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Google creates an ode to adventurers everywhere by celebrating the 216th anniversary of André-Jacques Garnerin's historic Parachute landing, an event that still inspires people everywhere to jump out of perfectly good planes.
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Claude Debussy's 151st Birthday
Claude Debussy's 151st Birthday
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Google honors Claude Debussy, 19th century French composer, with a video illustration of his "Clair de lune" (that's French for "Moonlight") that transports the user to a rainy gondola ride in Europe.
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Erwin Schrodinger's 126th Birthday
Erwin Schrodinger's 126th Birthday
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This Doodle celebrates Erwin Schrodinger, the brilliant physicist known best for his paradoxical experiment that involved a cat — both living and dead — inside a closed box. A triumph for the human mind, a sad day for the feline population.
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Rosalind Franklin's 93rd Birthday
Rosalind Franklin's 93rd Birthday
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Google honors pioneering DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin, who would would have been 93 to celebrate her legacy and with today's Google Doodle. It's an illustrated look at her greatest contribution to science: her famous Photo 51, which was the first real photograph of DNA. This Rosalind Franklin Doodle is not only a nod to a seriously badass female scientist, but also a reminder of how far we've advanced since the discovery of DNA's structure.
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66th Anniversary of Roswell UFO Sighting
66th Anniversary of Roswell UFO Sighting
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This Doodle celebrates the 66th anniversary of sighting of a UFO over Roswell, New Mexico. Google has come up with an interactive game for extraterrestrial enthusiasts to dork out over, commemorating that fateful July night in 1947, when conspiracy theorists claimed that an alien landing occurred right outside their sleepy Southwestern town.
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Franz Kafka's 130th Birthday
Franz Kafka's 130th Birthday
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On July 3, 2013, German literary giant Franz Kafka turned 130 years old. To celebrate, Google illustrated a moment from one of his best known works, The Metamorphosis, in which a salesman is turned into a giant insect. Get the bug spray!
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Maurice Sendak's Birthday
Maurice Sendak's Birthday
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Beloved illustrator and children's book author Maurice Sendak passed away last year, but today he would have been 85. Google has decided to celebrate his birthday and honor his legacy and with today's Google Doodle. It's an animated journey through some of Sendak's most famous works, from Where the Wild Things Are to Bumble-Ardy. Needless to say, this Doodle is an all-out colorful nostalgia-fest.
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Saul Bass' 93rd Birthday
Saul Bass' 93rd Birthday
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Here, we have a fitting tribute to the graphic designer and title sequence artist Saul Bass, who worked on the introductions to films by greats such as Hitchcock and Kubrick. Google has designed its greeting in the legend's iconic visual style.
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30th Anniversary of 'Pac Man'
30th Anniversary of 'Pac Man'
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Technology has come a long way in three decades. There was a time when a yellow circle chomping down on smaller, brighter circles was the pinnacle of computer animation. Now, the realm is boundless... and yet, as this Google Doodle proved, we're still most excited about yellow circles chomping down on smaller, brighter circles.
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Martin Luther King Day 2013
Martin Luther King Day 2013
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A touching tribute to the pioneer of American civil rights, this Google Doodle worked to depict Martin Luther King Jr. in all of the elegance and grace he embodied as a catalyst for social change in our nation.
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46th Anniversary of 'Star Trek'
46th Anniversary of 'Star Trek'
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Much like Gene Roddenberry's timeless creation, this Doodle was complex, intricate, and overall entertaining, offering fans a fun entryway into the vast universe of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.
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Les Paul's 96th Birthday
Les Paul's 96th Birthday
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Embodying the legacy of the jazz and blues icon, Google put together an interactive Doodle for the musical prodigies and the melodically illiterate alike. Either way, it was engaging enough to keep you occupied for quite some time, all the while offering due worship to the father of the solid-body electric guitar.
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Charlie Chaplin's 122nd Birthday
Charlie Chaplin's 122nd Birthday
Google
Fewer names cast a larger shadow over the world of Hollywood than Charlie Chaplin, and Google kept the silent film star on our minds with this applicably stylized, smile-provoking Doodle.
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Earth Day 2013
Earth Day 2013
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Charged with paying mind to an all-important holiday, Google put together an Earth Day Doodle to remind us just how beautiful our planet can be, if we're willing to take care of it.
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Jim Henson's 75th Birthday
Jim Henson's 75th Birthday
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Two decades past his death, Jim Henson's influence carries on, as his Muppet family continues to find life on screens big and small. Google honored the master puppeteer with an appropriately merry assembly of smiling, singing, chomping puppet characters, among the most fun of its Doodles to date.
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Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday
Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday
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You'd find it no easy feat to offer a fitting tribute to Freddie Mercury, an unparalleled artist who died far too soon. But Google managed to put together a Doodle worthy of tears: an illustration of Mercury's superhuman glory and unbelievable passion in this most touching animated Doodle.
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Election Day 2008
Election Day 2008
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On one of the most incredible days in recent American history, Google kept things simple: a reminder of the importance of Election Day and our democratic system on the whole — and a subtle suggestion that each of us has the ability to change the world as we see fit.

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