New Year’s Eve | Dec. 31, 2012
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Google Doodles of 2012

Google’s last doodle of the year linked out to all of the previous ones from earlier in 2012. ()
The stories concocted by the Brothers Grimm have woven themselves inextricably into the fabric of Western culture. When deciding which of their many well-known tales to feature on their home page, Google’s doodlers chose Little Red Riding Hood.
More: Their stories tended toward the sinister... ()
By creating a doodle for her on what would have been her 197th birthday, the Google team helped bring some attention to a woman known in some tech circles as world’s first computer programmer.
More: Also called the “enchantress of numbers” ()
The French sculptor, born Nov. 12, 1840, rose to the top of his craft over the course of his life and created some of the most famous pieces in the history of the art form.
More: His sensuous sculptures reflected his lifestyle ()
The Irish author is best known for his novel “Dracula,” which introduced one of Western culture’s most famous villains. Less well known is that Stoker was an invalid in his young childhood -- unable to walk or stand until he was 7 -- but eventually overcame his disability and was even a star soccer player for his college team in Ireland. ()
Google celebrated the holiday with an interactive animation featuring spooky sound effects. ()
Google’s doodlers paid homage to Ross, a man who inspired many people to give art a try, on what would have been the painter and television personality’s 70th birthday.
More: A pre-internet viral video star? ()
Although Herman Melville’s massive tome is widely considered one of the greatest American novels of all time, it was actually first published in London on Oct. 18, 1851, under the title “The Whale.” It came out a month later in the United States. ()
Winsor McCay created his Little Nemo comic strip in 1905 before going on to become a pioneer in the early art of animation.
More: Little Nemo in Slumberland: McCay’s “demons” made him do it ()
The Danish physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1922 “for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them.” ()
On its 14th birthday, Google celebrated in the traditional manner: with a (doodle of a) birthday cake.
More: In 14 years, Google transformed our culture ()
On what would have been her 193rd birthday, Clara Schumann was celebrated by Google for her contributions to 19th century European romantic music.
More: Clara Schumann, sassy Victorian pianist ()
William Shatner is an “O” with his trademark “Trek” hairdo in the interactive Google Doodle that celebrates the 46th anniversary of the original series.
More: Original “Star Trek” has long legacy -- yet it only lasted 3 years ()
In the early 20th century, Maria Montessori developed a unique style of teaching that emphasized freedom and creativity in the classroom over memorization and testing. Her methods are still in use today in schools around the world. ()
Tributes to the chef were widespread as Julia Child was remembered on the 100th anniversary of her birth.
More: Julia Child taught Americans to cook without fear ()
Google went all out for the Olympics, with a different doodle for every day of the Games. To see them all, check out the L.A. Times’ Olympics Doodles gallery()
Amelia Earhart was born 115 years ago on July 24, 1897, and her disappearance in 1937 remains unsolved.
More: The mystery that is Amelia Earhart ()
In addition to being the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt, July 14 also marked the 12th anniversary of Google’s appointment of an official chief doodler.
More: Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” from his “Golden Phase”  ()
In a folksy tribute to America’s birthday, Google filled in its logo’s letters with lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land Is Your Land.” ()
In one of their most intricate doodles yet, Google employees created an interactive series of puzzles as a tribute to Alan Turing, whose work helped pave the way for the modern computer. ()
This year the third Sunday in June fell on the 17th. Analysts expected consumers to spend more on Father’s Day gifts in 2012 than ever before. ()
A short animated film depicting a scene at an imaginary drive-in movie theater greeted visitors to Google’s homepage on June 6, the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in movie. ()
The master goldsmith and jeweler to czars was born on this date in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1846.
More: Fabergé didn’t craft a single egg ()
Construction started on the Golden Gate Bridge in January 1933. It opened to the public on May 27, 1937. ()
In honor of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday, Google put an interactive virtual Moog Synthesizer on its homepage.
More: Video: Demo of how to play the Moog Synthesizer ()
Second-grader Dylan Hoffman won the 2012 national Doodle 4 Google competition.
More: “Pirate Times” is the champ ()
A brief animation helped visitors to celebrate Mother’s Day in America. ()
Howard Carter, a real-life Indiana Jones, discovered King Tut’s tomb.
More: Critics call Howard Carter a plunderer ()
Keith Haring, a cultural activist and artist, sought to bring art to the masses.
More: Keith Haring: Pop star and lawbreaker ()
Gideon Sundback is celebrated with a doodle that zips and unzips on screen.
More: Gideon Sundback, who did not invent the zipper ()
Google doodlers marked Earth Day with a time-lapse view of a garden project that staffers worked on. ()
A tribute to Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau on April 14 was an example of Google’s increasingly sophisticated homepage illustrations.
More: Google homepage as canvas ()
Eadweard Muybridge’s Zoopraxiscope was one of the earliest motion-picture devices.
More: Muybridge: So unique he couldn’t stick with his given name, Edward ()
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who emphasized simplicity in his work, is saluted.
More: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Think of him when you say “less is more” ()
Spanish artist Juan Gris is celebrated by Google on the 125th anniversary of his birth.
More: Juan Gris may have rubbed Picasso the wrong way ()
Google’s 2012 St. Patrick’s Day tribute was inspired by Ireland’s famed Book of Kells, a medieval illuminated manuscript. ()
Akira Yoshizawa helped raise origami’s profile as an art form, eventually landing an exhibit in the Louvre in Paris.
More: Wet origami? That’s genius ()
International Women’s Day is less well known in the United States than in other nations.
More: World celebrates Women’s Day (U.S. less so) ()
A cast of frogs (get it? “leap day”) performs Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” opera.
More: Listen: Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” ()
Hertz a mystery to you? From Heinrich comes the metric unit hertz (Hz).
More: Heinrich Hertz proves it: Electromagnetic waves exist ()
For Valentine’s Day, Google’s homepage featured a short animated film.
More: Doodle video: A Valentine to gay marriage ()
Google’s doodle marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of literary icon Charles Dickens.
More: Some things you may not know about Charles Dickens ()
The largest snowflake ever recorded?
More: Hugest snowflake ever; measured it myself, rancher says ()
On Jan. 18, Google joined other websites in bringing attention to proposed anti-piracy legislation that opponents feared could lead to Internet censorship.
More: 4 .5 million sign anti-SOPA petition ()
The civil rights leader is celebrated Doodle style. It was the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be celebrated at the new national memorial to the civil rights icon in Washington.
More: King’s figure emerges from granite ()
Nicolas Steno, a 17th century mythbuster, is considered by many the father of geology.
More: Steno found history in layers of rocks -- and the human salivary duct ()
The man behind the Addams Family, Charles Addams’ oddball brand of cartoons inspired movies, TV shows and a musical.
More: Charles “Chilly” Addams tickled funny bones with a hangman’s noose ()