Happy birthday GOOGLE…

The brainy Google that answers almost all our queries has turned 14 years old today. To mark the 14th birthday of Google, the company has baked a chocolate cake doodle with “Google” inscribed on it.

The company has posted the animated chocolate cake doodle on the homepage, which will remain there throughout the day. The cake has 14 candles on it, and all are in Google colours – green, yellow, blue and red.

As you open the homepage, the cake appears and in no time gets wrapped in the Google-coloured sheet lying underneath the cake.

‘Let’s share something about Google’

Google began in March 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford.

Originally the search engine used the Stanford website with the domain google.stanford.edu. The domain google.com was registered on September 15, 1997. They formally incorporated their company, Google Inc., on September 4, 1998 at a friend’s garage in Menlo Park, California.

  • Google opens Palo Atlo office in January 1999
  • Google available in 10 languages in 2000
  • Google introduces image search option in July 2001
  • Google Search Appliance 11 February 2002
  • First Google APIs 11 April 2002
  • Google Labs 21 May 2002
  • orkut released 22 January 2004
  • Gmail 1 April 2004
  • 100+ Google domains September 2004
  • SMS for mobile 7 October 2004
  • Google Book Search adds libraries 14 December 2004
  • Google Maps 8 February 2005
  • iGoogle 19 May 2005
  • Mobile Web Search 16 June 2005
  • Google Earth28 June 2005
  • Google Talk 24 August 2005
  • Gmail for mobile 15 December 2005
  • Google Finance 21 March 2006
  • Google Calendar 13 April 2006
  • Google Trends 10 May 2006
  • Gmail in 40 languages 31 June 2006
  • Google Docs & Spreadsheets is available in eleven more languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazil) and Russian.
  • For Valentine’s Day, we open up Gmail to everyone. (Previously, it was available by invitation only.)
  • Introduce traffic information to Google Maps for more than 30 cities around the U.S.
  • Google introduce Nexus One, an exemplar of what’s possible on mobile devices through Android, as well as a Google-hosted web store aimed at providing people with an easier way to buy a mobile phone.
  • 2012 Google.com/elections is a new one-stop shop for all U.S. elections news, trends and online tools.
  • The creator of the Addams Family gets a 100th birthday doodle.
  • Google Earth 6.2 makes search improvements, adds a Google+ sharing tool and creates a seass globe out of a previous patchwork of photographs.