María Félix Google doodle celebrates iconic actress from Golden Age of Mexican cinema

Google is celebrating an icon from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema today, sharing a doodle to mark María Félix’s 104th birthday.
As a teenager, Félix was crowned a beauty queen at the University of Guadalajara. Her break into film came in Mexico city when she was cast as the female lead in the 1942 film “El Peñón de las Ánimas” (The Rock of Souls).
Created by guest artist Paulette Jo, the doodle leads to a search for “María Félix” and is on Google’s homepages in the US and Mexico, along with a number international homepages in Central America and South America, including Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Panama, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Google is also featuring the doodle on its Iceland, Serbia and Japan homepages.
According to Google, Félix starred in 47 films and was a source of inspiration for many creative artists.
“She was considered a muse by famous artists like José Clemente Orozco and Diego

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Maya Angelou Google doodle features Oprah Winfrey, Laverne Cox & others reciting her poem, ‘Still I Rise’

Today marks what would have been Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday. To celebrate the poet, writer and civil rights activist, Google has created a doodle featuring a full lineup of high-profile celebrities reciting Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise.”
The doodle begins with Angelou’s own voice, narrating the beginning of her famous poem, followed by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Martina McBride, Guy Johnson (Angelou’s son), Laverne Cox and Oprah Winfrey each reading a verse. The words of the poem are animated to coincide with the narration, along with images highlighting Angelou’s life.
“Dr. Angelou’s work is filled with such incredible wisdom and spiritual teachings,” says Laverne Cox on the Google Doodle blog featuring Angelou’s doodle. “It feels like the ultimate privilege to have the opportunity to speak her words. She is a national treasure we should always celebrate.”
Oprah Winfrey is also quoted: “Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she did it all.

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John Harrison Google doodle honors man who invented marine chronometer 283 years ago

Today’s Google doodle marks the 325th birthday of British horologist John Harrison. In 1735, the self-taught clockmaker completed his design of the first marine chronometer.
According to Google, the British government had offered a reward of £20,000 to anyone who could create a navigational instrument that determined a ship’s longitude within 30 miles. Harrison spent seven years working on the ground-breaking invention that would aid British naval forces.
“Harrison’s extraordinary invention brought him much acclaim. Thanks to him, seamen could not only gauge latitude but longitude, making their excursions far safer,” says Google on its Google Doodle blog.
The doodle leads to a search for “John Harrison” and is being displayed on Google’s US and UK home pages, along with a small collection of other international pages, including Ireland, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Peru and Chile.

Harrison would go on to create more watches that were smaller and more accurate than his original designs: “Our colorful Doodle shows the inventor hard at

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Google honors Hannah Glasse, first popular cookbook writer, with a Google doodle

Hannah Glasse, the English cookbook writer of the 18th century, is being honored today on the Google home page with her own Google doodle. The doodle shows a woman loading food into an old-fashioned oven with a book below.
Hannah Glasse was a pioneer who wrote the most popular cookbooks in her times. “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy,” her cookbook, was published in 1747 and was printed in 40 editions, many of which were pirated. The book was written in plain English so it could be used by all types of people, no matter their education level.
Hannah Glasse was born in London 310 years ago on March 28, 1708, and passed away at the age of 62 on September 1, 1770. She had a large family. Some say she had 10 children, some say she had 11.
Google wrote:
If the thought of Yorkshire pudding and gooseberry fool makes your mouth water, you have Hannah Glasse to thank

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Spring Equinox Google doodle introduces Quinn, an animated flower fairy & musician

Google has posted its Spring Equinox doodle, a lovely animated image of what appears to be a flower fairy playing music among the colorful first blooms of the season.
“This year’s seasonal Doodle series protagonist, Quinn, is strumming a pleasant tune to coax a mysterious creature out of hiding. With a mild breeze and beautiful flowers, would it be, could it be, spring?” asks Google on the Google Doodle Blog.
Leading to a search for “Spring Equinox,” the doodle was designed by doodler Sophie Diao.

As Google reports, the term “equinox” comes from the Latin combination of equi, meaning equal, and nox, for night. The Spring Equinox marks a 24-hour period on Earth when day and night are almost exactly equal lengths of 12 hours because the earth’s axis is perpendicular to the sun’s rays.
While the countries in the Northern Hemisphere are currently seeing Google’s Spring Equinox doodle, Google home pages in the Southern Hemisphere are seeing a Fall Equinox

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St. Patrick’s Day Google doodle includes hidden word written in ancient Irish ogham alphabet

Today’s Google doodle celebrating St. Patrick’s Day includes a hidden word, but you have to know the ancient Irish ogham alphabet to decipher it.
Created by the Irish artist Ross Stewart, the doodle leads to a search for “St. Patrick’s Day.” The image depicts a traditional Irish scene, with a stonemason arranging rocks that spell out the name Google. The secret message written in ogham alphabet letters is carved into the large stone.
“Standing in for the Google ‘L’ is a tall stone that pays homage to Ireland’s earliest form of writing: ogham,” writes Google on the Google Doodle Blog, “The edge is marked with a series of ancient carvings, each group representing a letter of the ogham alphabet.”

Google shared the following early sketches of Stewart’s work for the St. Patrick’s Day doodle:

If you’re having trouble figuring out the what’s carved in the large stone, Google’s doodle team offered up a link to an image search

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International Women’s Day Google doodle honoring females around the world arrives a day early

Google is sharing its International Women’s Day doodle a day early, giving the world more time to view the 12 female-focused stories it has collected to honor women.
Leading to a search for International Women’s Day, the doodle includes 12 separate visual stories created by female artists from around the world. Each story involves a series of images to retell a meaningful moment from the artist’s life.
The contributing artists included: Anna Haifisch, Chihiro Takeuchi, Estelí Meza, Francesca Sanna, Isuri, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Laerte, Philippa Rice, Saffa Khan, Tillie Walden and Tunalaya Dunn.
“This project has been an incredible journey for us, and we’ve been moved by the candor, intimacy, and bravery of our contributors’ stories,” said the doodle’s project leaders, Lydia Nichols and Alyssa Winans. “Translating these works across 80+ languages and sharing them across a global audience means so much to us, and we hope that readers will go about their day feeling as inspired as

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Winter Olympics Day 17 Google doodle marks the end of the 2018 games

Today marks the closing ceremonies of this year’s Winter Olympics and Google’s final Snow Games doodle. During the last 17 days, the Google doodle team of artists, engineers, production staff and sound designers has created an animated image for each day of the competitions.
“Now that we’re at the tail-end of the Games, and the final finish-line has been crossed, everybody takes a much needed break to enjoy the fireworks and their new friendships,” writes Google on its Google Doodle blog.
The series featured a cast of competing animals, all honoring the athletes and games at PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympics. Each doodle was animated, included audio, and led to a search for “Winter Olympics” on Google’s US homepage and most of its international pages.
Two of the doodles played double-duty as Winter Olympics doodles: one posted on Valentine’s Day and the other to mark the Lunar New Year.
Here are screen shots from all 17 of Google’s

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Winter Games doodle kicks off Google’s Doodle Snow Games

Google is marking the start of this year’s Winter Olympic Games — and officially kicked off its own Doodle Snow Games — with an animated Winter Olympics doodle featuring a cast of athletic animals.
“Welcome to the opening day of the Doodle Snow Games!” writes Google on the Google Doodle blog. “On this brrr-eezy day in Pyeongchang, we’re joined by athletes from all over the world hoping to prove themselves best in class (or species).”
The animated doodle includes multiple images to highlight this season’s Olympic Winter Games. There is a penguin skiing and a snake ice skating, with a final slide showing what, most likely, will be the entire athletic crew to make up Google’s Winter Olympic Games doodle series.
Google has titled the Doodle “Day 1” and included a comment on its blog for readers: “Stop by every day for the next few weeks to keep up with all the action from the Doodle Snow Games.” It has

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Elizabeth Blackwell Google doodle recognizes first woman in the US to earn a medical degree

Today’s Google doodle marks the 197th birthday of the British-born physician Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the US to earn a medical degree.
After moving to the states from Bristol, England, Blackwell worked as a teacher. Her propensity to take a stand against social norms — and fight for what was right — was evident during her time teaching.
“Early on, she asserted her moral convictions: when a teaching position in Kentucky exposed her to the brutality of slavery for the first time, she set up a Sunday school for slaves and became a staunch abolitionist,” writes Google on the Google Doodle Blog.
According to Google, Blackwell wanted to become a physician after the death of a friend, believing a female physician would have lessened her friend’s suffering. She received numerous rejections from medical schools but was eventually accepted into New York’s Geneva Medical College.
An abolitionist and champion of women’s rights, Blackwell would go on to create a women-governed

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