For the last decade and change, Google has surprised us with their occasional homepage doodles celebrating various scientists, artists, entertainers, and, really, just a hodgepodge of important cultural history. Their most recent doodle celebrated the physiologist who discovered vitamin C, but the one before that was an awesome tribute to Freddie Mercury. It got us thinking about all the various pop culture-related Google Doodles they’ve created over the years. Page through our 30 favorites — some of which may be new to you, as they only went live in individual countries — after the jump and let us know if there are any we’ve missed.
To be sure, there are many, beginning with their first doodle in honor of the Burning Man Festival in 1998, so we’ve made an effort to avoid the most famous ones — John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Charlie Chaplin, etc. We also shied away from too many recent doodles. Although they’ve certainly become more frequent and elaborate over the last two years or so, it’s more interesting to see the logos’ aesthetic evolve.
Mar 07, 2002: Piet Mondrian’s Birthday
Jun 16, 2003: MC Escher’s Birthday
Sep 23, 2004: Ray Charles’ Birthday