Google is celebrating its 17th birthday with a commemorative Doodle on Sunday. But is September 27 Google's real birthday?
It seems not even Google seems to really know when it was formed. Since 2006, it has celebrated its birthday on September 27, but the year before that, had it as September 26.
In 2004, its 6th birthday Doodle went online on September 7 and in the year before that, it was September 8.
The 17th birthday Google will appear in almost every country in the world, according to the Doodle blog, with the USA one big exception.
The image, featuring a retro, plastic PC, lava lamp and even 1998's "Google!" Logo, features on Google's homepage on September 27, which the internet giant has retroactively chosen as its birthday.
The Linux penguin peeps from behind a CRT monitor displaying the first Google home page. Humming on its side is a server made of Lego bricks. Google looks back at its early days in its '17th birthday doodle'.
This year's Doodle comes after the company changed its famous logo to a more rounded design.
Google has celebrated its birthday with a Doodle every year since its fourth birthday in 2002. However, the first Doodle, for the Burning Man festival in 1998, actually occurred before the company was technically founded.
Here are google's birthday doodles over last few years:
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Google's 13th Birthday Doodle[/caption]
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Google's 14th Birthday Doodle[/caption]
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Google's 16th Birthday Doodle[/caption]