John Lennon Google Logo: First Video Doodle Ever

Oct 8, 2010 • 8:24 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Today (or tomorrow, depending on where you are) there is a special Google logo on many Google properties and likely will be in Google US very soon. You can see the John Lennon 70th birthday Doodle / logo on Google UK and other Google properties as well.

John Lennon would be celebrating his 70th birthday today. He was born on October 9, 1940 and died on December 8, 1980 (I was born that year).

What is so special about the logo outside of it being for John Lennon? I believe this is the first time Google used a YouTube video as the Doodle for the logo. When you click on the logo, it flips you into a YouTube video and then when the video is done playing, it takes you to a search result for [John Lennon].

The logo:

John Lennon Google Doodle

A screen cast of the action:

The YouTube video by Google as played on the Google home page:

How nice?

I should note that Google Argentina has a doodle for Cesar Milstein, not John Lennon. He was an Argentine biochemist in the field of antibody research and was born today, October 8th.

Argentine biochemist in the field of antibody research

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10/08/2010 05:39 pm

John Lennon was a Dirty Hippie


10/08/2010 07:30 pm

Wait I'm confused. He was born on the 9th, yet today is the 8th. Why would he be celebrating his 70th birthday a day early.

Barry Schwartz

10/08/2010 07:32 pm

Good Q, for some logos, Google lets them out a day early. Google Blog wrote just an hour ago: "Starting today and all day tomorrow, which would have been John’s 70th birthday, we're celebrating him with our first-ever animated video doodle. The old saying, ”A picture is worth a thousand words” still rings true, so I hope a moving picture will help me adequately—and simply—thank John for the memories."


10/08/2010 10:57 pm

It is playing on the 8th in the states, but England is ahead of us, I think by 6 hours from EST.....therefore, it is his birthday there!

No Name

10/10/2010 12:46 pm

Google is always better in celebrating different occasions.Their logo is also the best for that day.And now in Lennon's birthday they make it awesome.Thanks to google team.

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