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National Day – September 15, 2024

National Day is on September 15. What better day to learn about the parent company that started it all than by celebrating with us here at National Today? Google is a big part of our lives. Google started solely as a search engine but now is a multinational technology company that offers many other services. The word ‘Google’ has become a verb. It’s pretty crazy to see how this search engine grew and is now embedded in our lives.

History of National Day

The history of Google began in January 1996. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford University, started a research project to build a better search engine. They developed an algorithm called PageRank, which analyzed relationships between websites; it determined their relevance based on the number of links to other sites.

When the search engine was first developed, one of its earlier names was “BackRub.” This name was changed to Google, a misspelling of the word ‘Googol,’ which stands for the number one with 100 zeros after it. This was chosen because Google provides a lot of information and demonstrates that information on the internet is endless.

On September 15, 1997, Page and Brin registered the domain “” In 1998, after raising money from investors, Page and Brin formally incorporated their business in a room attached to a friend’s garage in Menlo Park, California. By December 1999, Google was in beta mode, with about 10,000 search queries per day being answered.

In 2003, Google moved its headquarters to what is now known as Googleplex. Originally, this was a 40-acre campus in Mountain View, California. Over time, they purchased several buildings on the site and gave them informal names. The campus had an open concept without cubicles, and balls were used as chairs.

Merriam-Webster added the word ‘Google’ to its Collegiate Dictionary in 2006, defining it as: “to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet.” The company started as a search engine but now provides many other services. In 2015, the company restructured and became Alphabet Inc., and Google became its largest subsidiary.

National Day timeline

January 1996
Google is Created

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford University, begin a research project to build a better search engine.

September 15, 1997
Google Domain Registered

After raising money from investors, the domain "" is registered, and the business is run from a room attached to a garage in Menlo Park, California.

Headquarters Moves To Mountain View, California

Google leases a 40-acre campus in Mountain View, California; over time, several buildings are purchased on the site and given informal names.

Company Restructured

The company restructures and becomes Alphabet Inc., with Google as its largest subsidiary.

National Day FAQs

How do I make Google wish me a happy birthday?

To see a special Google Doodle for you and wishes from Google on its homepage, sign in to Google plus. Visit Personal info in the Account Settings Page > Edit Profile > Basic Information, click on Edit, and set your birthday under the “Date of birth” heading. Then visit Google.

What was Google's first logo?

Google has had two logos over the years. The logo created in 1996 featured an image of a hand and the company’s original name, BackRub, in red font. After rebranding to Google, the company launched a simpler logo that said “Google!” in multicolor.

Why does Google use four colors?

The Google logo is made from primary colors: red, yellow, blue, and green. The green signifies the fact that Google doesn’t follow the rules.

National Day Activities

  1. Learn more about Google's history

    You can learn more about how Larry Page and Sergey Brin created their search engine. research how it has grown over the years through its partnership with other companies such as YouTube and Android.

  2. Visit Google and learn something new

    You can't go wrong with visiting Google on National Day. It will allow you to learn something new about yourself, someone else, or something interesting that could come in handy later on down the line.

  3. Write something about this day in your blog or journal

    Try writing about your experiences with the search engine giant in your blog or journal. You could also write about what you would like them to do next if they are listening.

5 Fun Facts About Google

  1. The Google founders met by chance

    Sergey Brin was assigned to show Larry Page around the Stanford University campus.

  2. Google's first doodle honored Burning Man

    The first Google Doodle was an out-of-office message Page and Brin created in 1998 to let people know they'd shipped off to the Burning Man festival.

  3. Google's New York office began in Starbucks

    In 2000, Google opened its first New York office with one employee at a Starbucks in New York City.

  4. When Google went public, money rolled in

    Thanks to the company's 19.6 million shares, valued at $85 per share, the company earned $27 billion.

  5. Gmail was launched on April Fool's Day

    Google's mail service was announced on April 1, 2004, in a wittily worded announcement that was widely misconstrued as a hoax.

Why We Love National Day

  1. We can appreciate Google

    This is the day to appreciate the search engine that helps us find everything we could want to know, from the facts about maritime history to the directions to our favorite sushi restaurant. Google teaches us so many things and makes life interesting.

  2. It's an opportunity to know more about Google

    It's also an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about the history of Google and how it has improved our lives. It has become such an integral part of our daily lives that some people don't even realize how much they rely on it every day!

  3. It's a moment to remind us

    It creates a moment to remind us of the many ways in which we have benefited from the existence of this search engine. It is a time to reflect upon our most significant accomplishments and remember how we arrived at this place in our lives — to celebrate all of the information that Google has made available to us and all of the things we can do because we can use that information.

National Day dates

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