September 27, 2017 16:19 IST

Google celebrates 19th birthday with a Doodle

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The reason Google is celebrating surprises is because it believes the search engine came into being because of a chance encounter between its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In 1997, Larry Page, had just arrived at Stanford University to pursue his P.h.D in computer science. Of all the students on campus, Google's other co-founder, Sergey Brin, was randomly assigned to show Page around. From there, the two came together with a common goal in mind -- to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, a mantra that would go on to become Google's mission statement. The two hunkered down in a garage - Google's first office - and got to work.