Gioachino Rossini, the man behind today's frog-themed Google doodle, is perhaps the most famous composer that no one remembers. He may not have the name recognition of a Beethoven or Mozart, but Rossini was a major figure in your childhood – trust us. So, with his 220th birthday landing on Wednesday, here's a look at the five biggest moments when you've heard his music and possibly not realized it.
From French bankers and Italian politicians to British strikers and the average Greek, everyone in Europe is feeling the cost-cutting brought on by the euro debt crisis.
Greenpeace activists dressed up as climate change refugees before floating on a symbolic melting iceberg on the River Danube in front of the Parliament building of Budapest, Hungary. Greenpeace wants Hungary, hosting the six months rotating EU Presidency till the end of June, to push the European Union to reduce its CO2 gas emission by up to 30 percent.
Seal pups enjoy the water in a pool at the common seal station in Friedrichskoog near the North Sea, northern Germany. The pups were abandoned by their mother. They will grow up here before being released back into their natural habitat.
Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party hold up oil lamps during a peaceful protest against a UN-appointed panel report in Colombo. The Sri Lankan hardliner nationalist, all Buddhist monk party JHU held a protest against the UN report, which alleged thousands of civilians were killed during the last phase of the war, as they and other protesters marched to Independence Square.
A boy plays in a water fountain on a hot day in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
Russian police academy female cadets march during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia celebrates the anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.
People throw vermillion powder on one another to celebrate the Nepali New Year, also known as 'Sindoor Jatra' at Thimi, near Kathmandu.
April Fool's Day pranks about Muammar Qaddafi (including that he has been captured) are circulating online. But when it comes to the enigmatic leader, the truth is stranger than fiction.
Credit rating agency Fitch lowers Libya's credit rating three nothces.