Google doesn’t even know its own birthday (but it’s celebrating today)

Welcome to adulthood, Google! The tech giant is celebrating its 18th birthday with a festive, balloon-filled Doodle by artist Gerben Steenks, because when you’re one of the world’s biggest internet companies, it’s your party and you can GIF if you want to.

Google is celebrating its birthday on September 27, and has done since 2006, but no one quite knows why — not even Google. In 2005, it celebrated its birthday on September 26, and in 2004 and 2003 respectively, the date was September 7 and September 8.

But the first Google birthday Doodle in 2002, to celebrate the company’s fourth birthday, also went live on September 27. Yet there is nothing in Google’s history to indicate any of these dates are important. Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the Google domain on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998.

Whatever its actual birthday (and September 27 seems to be the settled date now), in those 18 years, Google has become one of the biggest companies on the web, second only to Amazon. And just think — in another three years, it’ll be legally allowed to have a beer!


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