Every year, Google celebrates its birthday with a doodle on September 27, but this wasn’t always the case.

In 2005 Google published a birthday doodle on September 26, in 2004 it was put up on September 7, and in 2003 it was put it on 8 September. According to Google’s own company history, Google.com was registered as a domain on 15 September 1997, and the company filed for incorporation on 4 September 1998.

Either way, Google makes no apology for the fluidity of its birthday. “Google opened its doors in September 1998,” the company said back in 2006.

“The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake.”

It’s worth mentioning that, Back in 2015, a former Google employee noticed the domain had expired and quickly bought it through Google Domains. About a minute later, Google canceled the domain purchase and returned it to themselves (which was completely legal, since they were the registrar in this case). So that person owned google.com for 1 minute!

Here are some Google facts you may not know:

  • The name ‘Google’ is actually derived from the mathematical term ‘googol’ which is basically 1 with 100 zeros following it.
  • Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally named Google ‘Backrub’
  • Since 2010, Google has been acquiring an average of one company every week (like Android, Youtube, Waze..)
  • Google owns common misspellings of its own name as well, such as www.gooogle.com, www.gogle.com, and www.googlr.com
  • The firm gives millions in grants for projects such as helping the disabled and running schools in poor countries.
  • More than 3 million paying businesses from small companies to the Fortune 500 companies are now using G Suite to collaborate smartly and securely in the cloud.

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