Eva Ekeblad Google doodle celebrates scientist who made flour & alcohol from potatoes

Today’s Google doodle is a salute to Eva Ekeblad, a Swedish scientist and agronomist who developed a method for making flour and alcohol from grinding potatoes.
“Eva discovered the starch was humble but mighty — potatoes could be ground into flour or distilled into spirits. Her discovery helped reduce famine in years to come,” writes Google on the Google Doodle Blog.
Ekeblad was born on this date in 1724, so today marks her 293rd birthday. Her achievements earned her a spot in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748 — the same organization that awards Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry. She was the first woman elected into the academy (another female would not be elected to the academy for 200 years).
The image includes a cameo drawing of Ekeblad carved from a potato, along with potato skins to spell out G-O-O-G-L-E. The doodle leads to a search for “Eva Ekeblad” and includes the usual sharing icon.
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Wimbledon championship Google doodle marks 140th anniversary of world’s oldest tennis tournament

Google is celebrating the first day of the Wimbledon championships today with an animated image to mark the tennis tournament’s 140th anniversary.
The doodle was designed by doodler Gerben Steenks and leads to a search for “Wimbledon championship.” The top right corner of the image includes a tribute to the Rufus the Hawk, a mainstay at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, tasked with keeping the courts clear of pigeons during game-play.
From the Google Doodle Blog:
Like all British institutions, Wimbledon has its endearing quirks. Keep an eye out for the beloved Rufus the Hawk (featured in the Doodle), who dutifully shoos away any pigeons who land on the court during a match. And if you’re wondering what the spectators are snacking on, it’s strawberries and cream — 28,000kg every year!
You can find Rufus in the top right corner of the animated image noting the tournament’s 140th year:

Before going with the final tennis court artwork, Google considered two

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Fourth of July Google doodle inspired by U.S.’s 1st National Parks director, Stephen Mather

Google is celebrating today’s Fourth of July holiday with a doodle inspired by the U.S.’s first National Parks Service Director and noted conservationist Stephen Mather.
The red, white and blue logo leads to a search for “Fourth of July,” and includes images of deer, bears, moose and other animals you may find in one of America’s 58 national parks.
According to Google, Mather’s birthday was also on July 4th. He was named director of the the National Parks Service — often cited as “Amercia’s best idea” — in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson who created the NPS the same year.
“Over a century old, America’s national parks span 84 million acres and host more than 275 million visitors every year,” writes Google on its Google Doodle Blog.
It was 241 years ago today the Continental Congress voted to adopt America’s Declaration of Independence and proclaim freedom from Great Britain. For all those celebrating, Search Engine Land wishes you

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Father’s Day 2017 Google Doodle brings back the cactus family from Mother’s Day

To celebrate Father’s Day, today’s Google doodle revisits artwork from this year’s May 14th Mother’s Day doodle — only this, time it’s the cactus family’s dad taking care of his baby cacti.
Google’s Father’s Day doodle includes five panels, the first with only the father-figure cactus standing tall. Other images depict the dad-cactus doing his child’s hair, blowing a balloon back and forth, giving the kids a bath, and showing them how to shave.

The doodle leads to a search for “Father’s Day 2017” and includes the usual sharing icon. Currently, it’s being displayed on Google’s U.S. homepage, in addition to a number of its international pages, including the UK, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, the Netherlands, India, Japan and more.
In case you missed it, here’s Google’s Mother’s Day doodle to compare:

Some of the hardest working dads I know are part of the Search Engine Land team, and I couldn’t be more proud to be their colleague.

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Susan La Flesche Picotte Google doodle pays homage to 1st American Indian to earn her medical degree

Today’s Google doodle honors Dr. Susan La Flesch Picotte on what would have been her 152nd birthday.
Born on this date on the Omaha reservation in Nebraska in 1865, Picotte was encouraged by her father “to be somebody in the world.” According to Google, she did just that, leaving the reservation to attend the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
From the Google Doodle Blog:
She graduated at the top of her class. Despite receiving numerous prestigious job offers, Picotte chose to return to the reservation to provide the medical care that her tribe badly needed – tending to patients across 1,350 square miles on foot and horseback, in wind, snow, and rain.
Earning the affectionate moniker “Dr. Sue,” Picotte was not only a physician, but an advocate for public health practices and social reform.
“Most notably, in 1913,” writes Google, “She personally raised the funds to build a modern hospital in her hometown.”
The hospital Picotte founded is featured in the doodle image

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Josephine Baker Google Doodle honors Jazz Age icon & highlights her civil rights work

Google traded out its homepage logo today to celebrate Jazz Age icon performer, civil rights activist and French spy Josephine Baker.
Born on this date 111 years ago, Baker reached international fame by the 1920s. A star of the stage, her singing and dancing won her a role as part of the chorus line in “Shuffle Along,” the first all-black Broadway musical. After moving to Europe, Baker’s celebrity status skyrocketed.
“She set off for Paris and found her fame and artistic home in the city’s opulent cabarets, singing and performing uninhibited dance routines that celebrated female liberation and African cultural identity,” reports the Google doodle team.
Baker was one of the most photographed women on the planet during her lifetime. She was also a committed fighter for civil rights, refusing to perform for segregated audiences and working to advance the NAACP efforts.
Google also notes Baker’s time with the French Resistance during World War II when she worked on the sly,

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Mother’s Day 2017 Google doodle celebrates all moms – even cactus moms

It’s Mother’s Day, and Google is honoring moms today with an animated image on its homepage of a cactus mom raising her mini-cacti.
While most all of Google’s doodles spell out G-O-O-G-L-E, my kids and I couldn’t find it in today’s animated image. After spending 10-minutes searching for the ‘Google’ in the Mother’s Day logo, the closest we came was a slight letter “L” in the fifth panel of the image:

The doodle leads to a search for “Mother’s Day 2017” and includes the usual sharing icon so that it can be posted on social feeds or sent via email.
From one mom to all the other mom’s out there, Search Engine Land hopes you get to spend the day doing exactly what you want to do. Happy Mother’s Day!
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Earth Day Google doodle offers up conservation tips to help save the planet

While the official date for Earth Day is April 22, Google has posted its 2017 Earth Day Google doodle a day early.
To celebrate this year’s Earth Day, the Google doodle team has created a slide show of animated images reminiscent of a children’s book.
Designed by doodler Sophie Diao, the illustrations tell the story of a fox dreaming about a world with polluted oceans and suffering through the adverse impact of climate change. Upon waking, the fox begins to make small changes during his day that lead to greater energy-conservation efforts.
Google shared the following sketches of the doodle in its early stages:

Clicking the search icon on the doodle leads to a search for “Earth Day tips” and surfaces an interactive tool that includes a collection of Earth Day tips, along with information about the conservation efforts currently underway by the World Wildlife Fund, The Ocean Agency and The Jane Goodall Institute.

“Today, we honor the rich, vast Earth that’s

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Mary Pickford Google doodle marks 125th birthday of the ‘Queen of Movies’

Today’s Google doodle honors film star Mary Pickford on what would have been the actress’ 125th birthday.
While best known as a leading actress during the silent film era, Pickford was also a director and producer. She co-founded the United Artists film studio, and was an original member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her long list of accomplishments earned her the title “Queen of the Movies.”
From the Google doodle blog:
She appeared in as many as 50 films per year, and eventually negotiated wages that were equal to half of each of her films’ profits. She went on to demand full creative and financial control of her films, a feat still unheard of to this day.
In addition to her work in film, Google says Pickford sold Liberty Bonds during World War I. She used her connections to create the Motion Picture Relief Fund and is credited with revolutionizing the film industry by creating options for

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Holi Festival Google doodle brings Hindu celebrations from India & Nepal to the world

Google is marking the Holi 2017 Festival — a Hindu celebration most often observed in India and Nepal — with a Google doodle reflecting a vibrant mix of colors associated with the holiday.
The doodle leads to a search for “Holi Festival” and is being displayed on a number of Google’s home pages throughout the world.
“Today, the Google letters are taking on a fresh set of colors in honor of the Holi festival,” reports the Google Doodle Blog, “Coinciding with the arrival of spring, the vibrant celebration looks a lot like the Doodle: people run around happily covering each other in a rainbow of powdery hues.”
Google says the Hindu holiday — a “Festival of Colors” — is an opportunity for festival-goers to sing and dance in the streets, marking the triumph of good over evil.

Google also shared the following image showing how its Holi 2017 doodle appears on mobile devices:

Aligning with the start of spring, this year’s Holi

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