Google is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with a unique Google Doodle. While Google is constantly looking ahead, anniversaries offer an opportunity for reflection.
Google was born 25 years ago
In the late 1990s, two doctoral students, Sergey Byrne and Larry Page, crossed paths during their studies at Stanford University’s computer science program. They quickly discovered a shared vision—to improve access to the World Wide Web. From their dorm rooms, they worked tirelessly on building a better search engine. As his project gained momentum, he moved his work to Google’s first office, a humble rented garage. On September 27, 1998, Google Inc. was officially founded.
Since that momentous day in 1998, Google has undergone significant changes, evident in today’s Doodle. However, its mission has remained unwavering: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Today, billions of people around the world rely on Google for search, connection, work, play, and more. This doodle is visible globally, except in selected regions of Russia.
Previous doodle on September 25th
In the latest doodle released on September 25, Google celebrates South African jazz pianist, composer, and journalist Todd Matshikiza. Portrayed by South African guest artist Keith Vilhakis, the doodle was performed by an orchestra at the 70th Johannesburg Festival on 25 September 1956 in tribute to Mitshikiza’s commissioned cantata, “Uxolo” (Peace).
Matshikiza is best known as a musician with his songs.fall in love early Featured in the 2013 filmMandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He also composed scores for two notable theater productions:king kong’ And’Makhumbane’. ‘king kong’, an all-black jazz musical that premiered in 1958, became a sensation, even making its way to London. ‘Makhumbane’ (1960), which featured compositions by Matshikiza and Alan Patton, was equally popular.
In summary, Google’s 25th anniversary is a major milestone in its journey from dorm room project to global tech giant. As it looks back on its history, Google remains committed to its core mission of making information accessible to everyone. In parallel, Google Doodles continue to celebrate notable figures and events, paying tribute to their contributions to culture and society.
First Published: 27 Sep 2023, 11:15 IST