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Google Doodle mistake

I wake to find that the Google Doodle of today, December 17th 2015, is about Lugwig van Beethoven’s birthday being today. And that’s a mistake, Google People. 
It’s almost certainly December 16th. Though there’s no official record of his birth date, he was baptized on the 17th and the tradition in that part of the world in that period was that you got baptized the day after birth. Just thought I’d tell you. Have a pleasant day.

UPDATE: To give Google Doodle some credit, on the dedicated page it says, “It’s unclear when Beethoven was actually born, but December 17th marks the 245th anniversary of his baptism“. 

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