Today in History: Birthday of the Google internet search engine

On This Day:  September 27


Google is turning 17! It seems like such a gigantic company should be much older, but it wasn't even two decades ago that the very first iteration of today's most used search engine went online. For this occasion Goole shared some images that show the team's humble beginning, where they had to work with what was available, which also meant building a server out of lego blocks.



This is the very first "office" for the company, which at the time was just Larry Page and Sergey Brin's dorm rooms at Stanford.



Google went through a number of redesigns for its logo and homepage, which follow the concept of simplicity and ease of use. While still a pretty simple layout, the original website did not have nearly such a clean look as the one we are used to see today. Here is the very first Google homepage, when it was still in beta mode:



Originally, Google's birthday was actually on September 7, which is the day when the company was incorporated, but since 2005 they changed the date to September 27 to make it coincide with the announcement of the record number of pages that the search engine was indexing.

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A Google Street View vehicle collects imagery for Google Maps while driving down a street in Calais, northern France, on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
An attendee looks through a Legendary Pictures Inc. branded Google Cardboard VR (virtual reality) viewer during the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of comics and related popular art forms. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A PrecisionHawk employee demonstrates a drone featuring LATAS (Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System) in Durham, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Google Inc. is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation -- including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. -- in trying to create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions. PrecisionHawk, a Raleigh, North Carolina, drone company with about 100 employees, began developing its own drone traffic control system because the large agriculture and oil companies it flies for wanted something to keep tabs on unmanned flights. Photographer: Jason Arthurs/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Google staff explain the new 'Internet Cycles' that are designed to bring Internet training to Indian villages after its launch in Mumbai on July 3, 2015. Tata Trusts and Google India launched a special program called Internet Saathi to empower women and their communities in rural India by enabling them to benefit from the Internet. The joint initiative is aimed at bridging the technology gender divide, which currently puts women in rural India at further risk of getting marginalized in the society as the world around them benefits from getting online. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Google kept growing exponentially through the years, until in 2015 it became part of Alphabet and will continue to impress the world by mastering the digital environment and creating incredible new technologies that are reshaping the way we communicate, interact and live.

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