Google Celebrates Jane Jacobs Birthday with Amazing Homepage Doodle

Sure, you can win prizes and inspire the lives of millions, but you really know you’ve made it as a writer when Google creates a doodle to commemorate your career. When the center of cyber space praises you, it’s safe to say you’ve brought inspiration to readers worldwide. Admittedly, it’s a more superfluous win for the literary world, but still… it’s pretty cool. Today, to honor what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, Google made a special doodle for the talented novelist.

Jacobs was renowned for her work in New York City, where she researched urban studies and urban renewal amidst the wild socio-cultural tangle of the concrete jungle. Her debut book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, frames city life as a sort of social dance, and a dance Jacobs was well immersed in herself. She remains an influential name in literature and sociology alike, and – checking our chrome browsers this morning – Google reminds us once again of her lasting influence.

Who else has made the Google Doodle ranks? Stretching all the way back to 1998 when the doodles first graced our microwave sized PC’s, the creative team has commemorated authors including Mary ShelleyOscar Wilde, and numerous others.

Here’s a few of our favorites.


Pablo Neruda’s Birthday



100 Years of The Tale of Genji


Dr. Seuss’ 105th Birthday 


Birthday of H.G. Wells

Mary Shelley’s 213th Birthday


Agatha Christie’s 120th Birthday


Oscar Wilde’s 156th Birthday


Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 190th Birthday


Mark Twain’s 176th Birthday

Google starts getting fancy with the doodles…


161st Anniversary of Moby Dick

Which is your favorite?


All images courtesy of Google Doodles.