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Google Celebrates Father's Day With Google Doodle, Free Calls

Google paid tribute to billions of fathers around the world yesterday on Father’s Day by displaying a neck tie in a new Google Doodle.

Google’s Father’s Day logo looked similar to a simple license plate in white with the “Google” logo colored entirely in blue, and the “l” in the logo replaced by a neck tie, PC Mag (opens in new tab) reports.

Google also encouraged users to call their fathers on the special day using Gmail. “Dad. Father. Pops. No matter what you call him, call your dad from Gmail,” Google told its users with a link at the bottom of the page.

The link redirected users to a slightly improvised “Try It Now” page for Google Voice, so that users could exploit the chat service inside Gmail, to call their dads for free.

Father’s Day celebrations date back to 1908 when a lady named Grace Golden Clayton proposed to the society to pay their tributes to the 210 fathers from West Virginia who had lost their lives during a mining accident a few month before.

Clayton then picked the Sunday next to her recently deceased father’s birthday to celebrate what we know today as Father’s Day.

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in the US and much of the rest of the world, but it is also celebrated by other countries on various dates throughout the year.