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‘Where the Wild Things Are’ author Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday celebrated by Google
Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday was celebrated with an animated Google doodle this Monday. The celebrated children’s book author, who died last May, was born June 10, 1928.

The animation is a relatively simple one by Google doodle standards — users click a small play button below Max, the protagonist from Sendak’s most famous work, Where The Wild Things Are, and the boy king starts walking around the world, soon followed by his Monster subjects.

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Want to know which title sequences are being referenced in Google’s great Saul Bass Doodle? Here’s a list
On Wednesday, Google celebrated the occasion of what would have been graphic designer Saul Bass’ 93rd birthday with an outstanding animated, interactive graphic referencing some of the designer’s best-known opening credits. Bass, who was best known for his work with Alfred Hitchcock, also designed title credits and posters for West Side Story and Spartacus, among other films, but where do those titles (and others) fit into the Google animation? 

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Edward Gorey, eerie illustrator, master of morbid humour, gets a posthumous Google birthday gift
Edward Gorey did not make it his business to be cheerful, despite the fact that a number of his titles are popular with children. “If you’re doing nonsense it has to be rather awful, because there’d be no point,” Gorey said of his work. “I’m trying to think if there’s sunny nonsense. Sunny, funny nonsense for children — oh, how boring, boring, boring. As Schubert said, there is no happy music. And that’s true, there really isn’t. And there’s probably no happy nonsense, either”

The macabre author and illustrator, who would have turned 88 today, was a fan of nonsense — his books and short stories are largely surreal, often completely without text, and are for their black humour popular among gothic subcultures. His illustration style was decidedly eerie: Gorey drew in black and white, mostly, anrd relied heavily on crosshatching method — his particular style, whimsical as it is chilling, significantly inspired filmmaker Tim Burton. (Tom Herde/Boston Globe Photo files; Google)

Nicolaus Copernicus becomes the centre of Google’s universe as the search giant marks astronomer’s 540th birthday
For all his efforts, Nicolaus Copernicus is at the centre of the space-exploration universe. The astronomer, born 540 years ago today, has a crater on the moon and aNASA trajectory system. In 1972, scientists in the U.S. and Britain launched a Copernicus observatory (OAO-3) into orbit.

The Kopernik Space Education Center, perched at the top of a 524 metre foothill in New York, has played host to hundreds of thousands of students eager to learn about astronomy. And, most importantly of all, Captain Kirk and Spock got a lift on the Copernicus shuttle in Star Trek: The Final Frontier.

Tuesday, he added another tribute to his name as Google created a solar system-themed doodle to mark his 540th birthday.

George Ferris and his famous wheels get a Valentine’s Day tribute from Google for the inventor’s 154th birthday
George Ferris’s latest monument is coming in the form of a 210-metres spinning wheel at the centre of a $1.6-billion project in the United Arab Emirates. The “Dubai Eye” will be the world’s biggest Ferris wheel — beating out the London Eye, which stands at a puny 135 metres.

Ferris, who invented the iconic carnival mainstay, was born 154 years ago today. Google joined in the celebration Thursday by creating a doodle in his honour.

Dubai’s giant take on Ferris’s invention is just the latest chapter in a game of one-upmanship that can be traced back to a drawing on Ferris’s napkin in 1891. (Google; New York Times archives)

Mary Leakey, the ‘the grande dame of archeology,’ gets a Google celebration for her 100th birthday
Mary Leakey cemented her status as a giant of archeology in 1959 with one confident cry: “I’ve found him — I’ve found our man!”

She was calling out to her husband, Louis, after coming across a bone protruding from stones during an expedition in Tanzania. “Her man” was an Australopithecus boisei ape — about 1.8 million years old. His was the first fossilized skull ever found from the extinct, human-related species.

Leakey, the “grande dame of archeology,” as author Virginia Morrell put it, would have turned 100 Wednesday. To mark the occasion, Google converted its logo into a tribute to the British archaeologist. (U.S. National Institutes of Health / WikiMedia Commons)

Frank Zamboni’s birthday commemorated with interactive Google doodle game
The Google doodle celebrated the birthday of Zamboni inventor Frank Zamboni Jr. today through an interactive ice resurfacing game. If Zamboni were still alive, he’d be 102. (Jennifer Roberts for Postmedia News)

Ernie Coombs, known to millions of Canadians as “Mr. Dressup” was celebrated in a Google doodle todayErnie Coombs, known to Canada as Mr. Dressup, would have celebrated his 85th birthday today were he still alive. The perennial children’s entertainer was celebrated today in a Google doodle.
Coombs died of a stroke on September 18, 2001.
Coombs was known for his role as the titular character on the show “Mr. Dressup” during its almost 30-year run from 1967 to 1996. Almost as popular as Coombs himself were Mr. Dressup’s two puppet friends Casey and Finnegan who can be seen in the Google image behind Coombs in the magical “tickle trunk.”

Ernie Coombs, known to millions of Canadians as “Mr. Dressup” was celebrated in a Google doodle today
Ernie Coombs, known to Canada as Mr. Dressup, would have celebrated his 85th birthday today were he still alive. The perennial children’s entertainer was celebrated today in a Google doodle.

Coombs died of a stroke on September 18, 2001.

Coombs was known for his role as the titular character on the show “Mr. Dressup” during its almost 30-year run from 1967 to 1996. Almost as popular as Coombs himself were Mr. Dressup’s two puppet friends Casey and Finnegan who can be seen in the Google image behind Coombs in the magical “tickle trunk.”

Canadarm, the Canuck addition to space exploration, celebrated in a Google doodleThe 31rst anniversary of the first launch of the Canadarm, the nation’s robotic space exploration tool, is being celebrated with a Google doodle.The Canadarm had its first mission on Nov. 13, 1981 on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia. The dexterous robotic arm was used to move and retrieve satellites and provide support for astronauts during spacewalks, among other tasks. Although Canada does not have a space program of its own, the Canadarm is the country’s most visible and famous contribution to the U.S. and international space effort.

Canadarm, the Canuck addition to space exploration, celebrated in a Google doodle
The 31rst anniversary of the first launch of the Canadarm, the nation’s robotic space exploration tool, is being celebrated with a Google doodle.

The Canadarm had its first mission on Nov. 13, 1981 on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia. The dexterous robotic arm was used to move and retrieve satellites and provide support for astronauts during spacewalks, among other tasks. Although Canada does not have a space program of its own, the Canadarm is the country’s most visible and famous contribution to the U.S. and international space effort.

Auguste Rodin’s most famous work, ‘The Thinker,’ celebrated in Google doodle
Auguste Rodin is celebrated in Monday’s Google doodle on his 172nd birthday. Born in 1840, Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture and is one of the few sculptors known to the general non-arts community.

Most of Rodin’s work celebrated the realistic physicality of his subjects, which was a break from the styles at the time.

Bram Stoker books including Dracula celebrated in today’s Google doodleBram Stoker would have turned 165 today, which still would have left him younger than his most famous literary invention, the arch-vampire Dracula.Stoker’s post-death birthday was celebrated by today’s Google doodle linking to the search term “Bram Stoker Books” to show off the search service’s “open graph,” which highlights those books at the top of the search results.

Bram Stoker books including Dracula celebrated in today’s Google doodle
Bram Stoker would have turned 165 today, which still would have left him younger than his most famous literary invention, the arch-vampire Dracula.

Stoker’s post-death birthday was celebrated by today’s Google doodle linking to the search term “Bram Stoker Books” to show off the search service’s “open graph,” which highlights those books at the top of the search results.

Herman Melville books celebrated by Google doodle on 161st anniversary of Moby Dick’s releaseHerman Melville’s books were the focus of Thursday’s Google doodle, which celebrated the 161st anniversary of Moby Dick’s release.Melville, often thought of as one of the greatest American authors, was largely unheralded in his lifetime for his later work, such as Moby Dick, going mostly unread and unrecognized while he lived. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that his works, specifically Moby Dick, got widespread recognition.

Herman Melville books celebrated by Google doodle on 161st anniversary of Moby Dick’s release
Herman Melville’s books were the focus of Thursday’s Google doodle, which celebrated the 161st anniversary of Moby Dick’s release.

Melville, often thought of as one of the greatest American authors, was largely unheralded in his lifetime for his later work, such as Moby Dick, going mostly unread and unrecognized while he lived. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that his works, specifically Moby Dick, got widespread recognition.

Hartland, New Brunswick covered bridge celebrated in today’s Google Doodle
Hartland, New Brunswick’s covered bridge got a Google Doodle today to mark the 111th anniversary of its opening.

The 391m-long covered bridge — the longest in the world — officially opened July 4, 1901, and has spanned the St. John River ever since. (Google; Saint John Telegraph Journal)

Five facts about Peter Carl Fabergé and his famous eggs on his 166th birthday
1. Peter Carl Fabergé — the legendary Russian jeweler — was born 166 years ago today, which places his life at the very end of the Czarist era of Russian history. Fabergé was most famous for his ornately jeweled and priceless Easter eggs that were produced through his company, The House of Fabergé, which he took over from his father.

Howard Carter celebrated in today’s Google Doodle

Famously, several of Carter’s team — including his sponsor Lord Carnarvon — died mysteriously in the years following his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, although a 2002 study found their death rate was statistically normal.