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Has Google Got Its Own Birthday Wrong?

by Alyssa Newcomb /
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Happy 18th birthday, Google... or is it?

The search giant is celebrating its entry into adulthood today with animated birthday balloons in a Google Doodle. But in previous years, the company has celebrated its birthday on a different date — including September 4, 6, 7, and 15.

 Google celebrates its birthday. Google

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The Google domain was registered on September 15, 1997 and Google was incorporated on September 4, 1998. Both seem like more natural fits for a birthday. So why is Google going with September 27, a date that doesn't seem to be tied to any significant moment in the company's history?

Quite simply: It's because they said so.

When you're as powerful as Google — or the Queen of England — you can celebrate your birthday any day you want.

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