Google Frog Leap Day Gioachino Rossini Birthday Logo

The more obvious reason there is a signing frog on the Google home page is because today is a leap day, happens about every four years and Google decided to leap with a frog. But the reason the frog is signing like in an opera is because it is the 220th birthday of Gioachino Rossini.

Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer who was lucky enough to have been born on a leap day. This specific logo combines leap day and his work as a composer, specifically remembering one of his most famous operas named The Barber of Seville.

Gioachino Rossini lived for 76 years, dying from pneumonia and being buried on Friday the 13th (another interesting and unique day) on November 13, 1868 in Paris, France.

For more on his life and work, see Wikipedia.

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