Google doodle today (1st May 2011) celebrated the 160th anniversary of the First World’s Fair.  The first expo opened on 1 May 1851, with The Great Exhibition organized in Hyde Park’s Crystal Palace. The expo was organised by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria and inventor Henry Cole. The purpose of the fair was also to showcase the Britain’s industrial might to the world.

The Koh-i-noor diamond, that the British had seized from India was also exhibited at the fair (see the pic above). The logo let’s you look at all the festivities with a magnifying glass that appears when a user hovers the cursor over the logo.The most recent World’s Fair was held last year in Shanghai, China, while the next is due to take place next year in Yeosu, South Korea.

Read more about the World’s Fair at Wikipedia.

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