Google doodle celebrates Peter Carl Fabergé’s 166th birthday

Peter Carl Fabergé also called Karl was a Russian Jeweler famous for the Russian eggs, made with precious metals and gemstones. Today Google doodle celebrates his 166th birthday.

He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to the jeweler Gustav Fabergé and his Danish wife Charlotte Jungstedt on May 30,1846. In 1860 after the family moved to Dresden, the teenager went on a study tour to Europe and learnt the art of jewelry making from famous goldsmiths in Germany, France and England. At the age of 26 he returned to St. Petersburg in 1964 and took over the management in 1972.

Carl and his brother Agathon was the sensation at the Pan-Russian Exhibition held in Moscow in 1882. Carl was awarded a gold medal and the St. Stanisias Medal. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title, ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’.

Although the House of Fabergé is famed for its Imperial Easter eggs, it made many more objects ranging from silver tableware to fine jewelry. Fabergé’s company became the largest jewelry business in Russia. In 1896 the company produced all the gifts given during the coronation ceremonies for Nicholas II. In 1900, his work represented Russia at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. He became the Tsar’s court Goldsmith in 1910.

Fabergé’s company was the largest in Russia with 500 employees, with many branches in Europe producing some 150,000 objects between 1882 and 1917. October Revolution in 1917 made him fled to Wiesbaden after selling his company to his employees. He died in Switzerland on September 24, 1920. His wife Augusta died in 1925. The two were reunited in 1929 when Eugène Fabergé took his father’s ashes from Lausanne and buried them in his mother’s grave at the Cimetière du Grand Jas in Cannes, France.

Google honors 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, May 27

 

Google doodle honors Golden Gate Bridge On May 27th, 2012 as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.

The Golden Gate Bridge is an internationally recognized marvel of San Francisco. The color of the bridge is lovely “International Orange” that blends with the natural surrounding. It is a suspension bridge that spans the golden gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific linking San Francisco Peninsula, to the Marine County.

Former to the construction of the bridge, the transportation between San Francisco and Marine County was boat across the bay. Many wanted to build a bridge, because of the time it took and it was a hassle to ferry between the different communities around the bay. Many didn’t believe a build could ever be possible.

Engineer and bridge-builder Joseph Strauss was so much convinced that building a bridge is a possibility. But the very idea faced lots of challenges, as the bridge area has winds of up to 60 miles/hour and strong ocean currents, funds during the Great depression was very low. But Strauss started the work with fund of  $35 million in bonds.

Strauss started building the design and construction of the bridge project, but since he didn’t have much expertise much of the work fell on the shoulders of   Leon Moisseiff, who built the New York Bridge. Irving Morrow designed the overall shape of the bridge towers, the lighting scheme, and Art Deco elements such as the streetlights, railing, and walkways.

The construction started in January 5, 1933 and the project was finished by April 1937, $1.3 million under budget. The bridge-opening celebration began on May 27, 1937 and lasted for one week.

It is the second longest main span in the United States, after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City. The total length is 8,981 feet. The weight of the roadway is hung from two cables that pass through the two main towers and are fixed in concrete at each end. Each cable is made of 27,572 strands of wire. There are 80,000 miles/ 129,000 km of wire in the main cables. The bridge has approximately 1,200,000 total rivets. The bridge is popular with pedestrians and bicyclists as well as cars, and was built with walkways on either side of the six traffic lanes.

Google Doodle Honors Bob Moog’s 78th birthday

Robert. A. Moog was born on May 23rd 1943, and grew up in Flushing a sector in New York City. His mother was interested in training him in music but he was more interested in tinkering in his family workshop, taking after his engineer father.

Moog built his first Theremin a musical instrument at 14 following instruction from a do-it yourself kit but couldn’t play it. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University but he was more drawn in into electronic instruments and was so intrigued by new massive synthesizers out in the market.

In 1950 composer and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott approached him to make Theremin kits, and in 1953 at 19, he founded his first company R.A. Moog. Co. to manufacture them.

In 1972, he renamed it into Moog Music but had to depart from it five years later. In 1978 he started making electronic music instruments with a new company Big Briar. But he still had the marketing rights of his previous company. Partnered with Bomb Factory in 1999 he developed first digital effects based on Moog technology in form of plug INS for Pro Tools software. Moog Music sold Theremins in thousands till to date and used by both professionals and amateurs around the globe. In 1996 he published another do it yourself guide for Theremins.

Today Moog Music is the leading manufacturer of performance quality Theremins. Moog was diagnosed with brain tumor and died in Ashville N. Carolina o August 21, 2005. Bob Moog foundation was created as a memorial with the aim of continuing his life’s work of developing electronic music.

Google doodle celebrates mother’s day may 8, 2012 with an animation

This year google thought of a very beautiful way of expressing, how two kids are thankful to their mother and wants to make her day beautiful like her. Such a touching animation makes everyone think fondly of their mother for a moment and would definitely smile at this from their hearts. Thanks google for making this doodle special.

Howard Carter gets a Google Doodle on his 138th birthday

Google doodle is celebrating  Howard Carter’s 138th birthday today. Who was Howard Carter? Howard Carter was a British archaeologist, he also liked to paint as a hobby. As an archaeologist he was very good. Carter found many ancient tombs and mummies. Carter’s most famous finding was the lost tomb of King Tutankhamen.

Howard Carter began to work for a man called Lord Carnavon. A rich man and also an archaeologist that needed the help of a great archaeologist like Carter to locate tombs. They were a good team that did the most excavating; they proved to be great together!
Carter had many excavations. He discovered the tombs of the Pharaoh’s Thutmose and Queen Hatshepsut.
The most important of Carter’s findings was discovering the tomb of the famous boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen. It was important because Tutankhamen was not yet excavated. The King was around 17 years old when he died and was only king for a couple of years. Tutankhamen tomb was buried 3,000 years ago, Carter was the first to excavate it.

If you were Howard Carter, what would you use to find King Tut’s tomb? Did you say you would use a map? That’s exactly what Howard Carter did. He had a map which tells were the Pharaohs were buried. Carter searched all over the and excavated all around the area but nothing of Tut was found. The only place not searched was under the tomb of King Ramses.
The tomb of Ramses was a place many people came to see. Carter decided to excavate under the tomb and all his work paid off. Finally, he found it. The tomb of the King Tutankhamen! Carter called his good friend Lord Carnarvon to see it. It was beautiful. The King’s tomb had three coffins in it and the weight was 2,500 pounds. Tutankhamen’s coffin was made of gold, the tomb was also full of gold and all kinds of jewelry. Five thousand objects were found in total. All were in very good condition. This was the excavation that made Howard Carter and
Lord Cavarvon famous.I think even if there wasn’t any gold in the tomb of Tutankhamen, Carter and Cavarvon would still be famous because he found something people thought was lost forever. Carter did not give up and finally it paid of. Some people say good things come to those who wait and work hard. That saying is true for Howard Carter and I think it is true for everyone
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