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Google Doodle Celebrates Leap Year And Rossini's 220th Birthday

The latest edition of the Google Doodle has seen the search engine pay homage to famous Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini, on what would have been his 220th birthday.

In the leap year of 29th February 1792, Gioachino Rossini was born - taking his last breath on 13th November 1868.

The Mountain View based search giant is known for always coming up with a special edition of Doodle for remembering legendary figures on their birthdays, or for celebrating a particular occassion. But today, for the first time in the history of Doodle, the company got the opportunity to celebrate two memorable events through a single doodle: a leap year and birth centenary of Gioachino Rossini.

The new Doodle is inspired by Rossini' s famous opera "The Barber of Seville", produced in 1816 and deemed as one of his most renowned compositions, reported The Huffington Post.

The Google animation features three frogs - with one of the frogs playing the piano, and the other portrayed as a barber frog. The third one, named Soprano, is the leaping frog that Google has used to mark the occasion of the leap year.

Google has to date used three Doodles to celebrate the series of leap years, with "The Barber of Seville" being the third Doodle to be featured by Google, while the other two doodles were created for the leap years of 2004 and 2008.

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