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Google and the birthday mystery

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(Read caption) Happy birthday, Google! But why are we celebrating on September 27?

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Google turned 12 this month. To mark the occasion, the search engine enjoyed a little cake, courtesy of pop-art painter Wayne Thiebaud.

But why did Google throw its party today? Turns out the precise moment of Google's anniversary is hard to pin down.

Google had many early milestone in September, none of which land on the 27th. The google.com domain name was registered on September 15, 1997. The company was incorporated on September 4, a year later. It opened its office doors on September 7.

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In fact, in 2004 and 2005, Google celebrated its birthday on September 7. Many people thought the bouncing balls logo from Sept. 7, 2010, was a return to the earlier birthday.

In the end, Google spokesman Jordan Newman says there is no real reason behind the 27th. It just seemed like a good day to celebrate Google's founding.

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