The first google doodle ever made was on August,30,1998. It's only 2 years after the two original creators of the site have built their idea in their Stanford dorm room, and less than a week before Google was even an official company. Larry Page and Sergey Brin went to a Burning Man festival and wanted to show people that they were away, so a stick figure was used to placed behind Google's second "o". This was merely a comical way to show that the founders were "out of office".
Burning Man Festival 1998
Because people loved it so much, Brin and Page decided that they will continue this idea with decorating the company's logo. Dennis Hwang, the (then-intern, now the company's webmaster) was asked in 2000 to draw more.
First Day of Fall 2015 (Northern Hemisphere)
Google Doodles are now known for celebrating major holidays, famous artists and scientists around the world. The doodles have become more not only just a still image, but also more interactive through out the years.
Day of the Dead 2015
German Reunification Day 2015
First Day of School 2011 - Estonia, Poland, Russia
Keith Haring's 54th Birthday
Starting in 2014, Google Doodle also started the annual contest called "Doodle 4 Google". This is a competition to have children create a Google Doodle logo for a $30,000 college scholarship, a T-shirt, google chromebook, Wacom digital design tablet, and a $5,000 technology grant of tablets or chromebooks towards their school.
My Best Day Ever... (2013), Winner: Sabrina Brady, Wisconsin, 10-12 grade level