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Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

Updated October 9, 2020 60.4k views1.3k items

List RulesAll people who have been in Google Doodles, listed by most recent.

Who are the most influential people in history? Here's a good place to start. This is a list of every person who has ever been immortalized in a Google Doodle, in order from the very first to the most recent. The first Google Doodle appeared on on August 30, 1998, in honor of Burning Man, surprising visitors to the search engine homepage. It wasn't until 2001 that the very first real person was commemorated. In November of that year, a Google Doodle honored Claude Monet, artistically drawn in the style of the painter's famous water lilies. For more than a decade since, Google has celebrated artists, inventors, poets, musicians, activists, mathematicians, scientists, singers, architects, and hundreds of other people who have made positive contributions to the world as we know it. Every famous person who has been in a Google Doodle is listed in the order in which his or her Doodle appeared on the famous website, along with the date—or multiple dates, when applicable. While most of these cool and interesting people were honored on their birthdays, many others have been recognized on important anniversaries of their work. There is also a picture of each person's Google Doodle, and videos for important men and women like Freddie Mercury, Jules Verne, and Maya Angelou, whose Doodles were interactive. 

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  • Mary Ann Shadd is listed (or ranked) 1252 on the list Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle
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    October 9, 2020

    Mary Ann Shadd Cary (October 9, 1823 – June 5, 1893) was an American-Canadian anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher, teacher, and lawyer. She was the first Black woman publisher in North America and the first woman publisher in Canada.Shadd Cary was an abolitionist who became the first female African-American newspaper editor in North America when she edited The Provincial Freeman in 1853.... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Poet
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1823-1893)
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware
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    Ignatius Sancho

    Ignatius Sancho is listed (or ranked) 1251 on the list Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle
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    October 1, 2020

    Charles Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729? – 14 December 1780) was a British composer, actor, and writer. He is the only Briton of African heritage known to have voted in the elections in 1774 and 1780 for members of parliament in Westminster. He gained fame in his time as "the extraordinary Negro", and to eighteenth-century British abolitionists he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans and immorality of the slave trade. The Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, edited and published two years after his death, is one of the earliest accounts of African slavery written in English by a former slave.... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Actor, Writer
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1729-1780)
  • Eileen Chang is listed (or ranked) 1250 on the list Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle
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    September 30, 2020

    Eileen Chang (September 30, 1920 – September 8, 1995), also known as Zhang Ailing or Chang Ai-ling, was a Chinese writer. Chang was born with an aristocratic lineage and educated bilingually in Shanghai. She gained literary prominence in Japanese-occupied Shanghai between 1943 and 1945. However, her meteoric rise was short-lived due to her wartime marriage to Hu Lancheng, who was deemed as a Japanese collaborator, and the Communist takeover of China, after which she fled the country. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was rediscovered by scholars such as C. T. Hsia and Shui Jing. Together with the re-examination of literary histories in the post-Mao era during the late 1970s and early... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Essayist, Writer
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1920-1995)
    • Birthplace: Shanghai, China
  • Zohra Sehgal is listed (or ranked) 1249 on the list Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle
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    September 29, 2020

    Zohra Segal (27 April 1912 – 10 July 2014) was an Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer. Segal started her career as a dancer in Uday Shankar's troupe, performing in countries such as the United States and Japan. She went on to appear in numerous Bollywood films as a character actress with a career-span of over 60 years. The famous films she was part of include Neecha Nagar, Afsar (1946), Bhaji on the Beach (1992), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Dil Se.. (1998), Saawariya and Cheeni Kum (2007); and the TV serials The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–87) and Amma and Family (1996). At the age of 90, she played the central character in the 2002... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Actor, Dancer
    • Age: Dec. at 102 (1912-2014)
    • Birthplace: Saharanpur, India
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