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Google Doodle overlooks D-Day anniversary: Hastily tries to save face

Google has uploaded a doodle honouring the 185th birthday of Japanese Go player, Honinbo Shusaku, by mistake on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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While the company had no official word on the incident, it did admit that the original doodle had been uploaded in error before replacing it with a link to maps, photos and letters about the Normandy landings.

The Google Cultural Institute has collected the information, which includes five new exhibits, features, documents and photos from museums in the UK, US and France.

The hurriedly rushed out link did little to subdue the reaction from social media users who have come to expect much from the Google Doodle, which has become a cultural icon since its inception in 1998 and now boasts its own team of full time illustrators, animators and artists.

The concept was born when co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin replaced the second "o" in Google with a stick figure to tell users that they were out of the office. Since then, numerous people and events have been honoured in more than 2,000 doodles. Notable examples have ranged from Vincent Van Gogh's 152nd birthday to the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube.

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Google faced similar criticism last month, when it failed to create a Doodle for Memorial Day, instead posting a yellow ribbon on its home page.