Google Adds Holidays, Sport Schedules And Contact Birthdays To Google Calendar

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 3, 2009
Updated • Apr 9, 2014
Gmail, Google

Google Calendar is an online calendar that can be used to keep track of events and important dates.

The calendar application can be integrated into various Google services including Gmail which is probably the main reason for its popularity (update: as of late, it is also synchronizing with various mobile operating systems and apps, so that you have access to the calendar at any time even if no computer is around). Up until now it was only possible to add events manually to Google Calendar.

Google announced yesterday that it has added a new feature to Google Calendar which they call Interesting Calendars. Currently three different types of these calendars are available, namely holidays, sport schedules and misc.

Holiday calendars make it easier than ever to add holidays of a specific country automatically to the calendar. Available are a few dozen countries including the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain or India. This category includes Christian and Islamic holidays as well.

The sport schedules calendars offer a variety of popular sports that can be added to Google Calendar. Available are baseball, basketball, football (that's American Football), Hockey, Rugby and Soccer. A click on any of these sports will open a larger list with leagues that are supported by Google Calendar. Soccer for instance contains all major European and South American leagues plus competitions like the European Champions League or the World Cup.

A click on any league will display the sport teams that are part of that league. It is then possible to subscribe to one or multiple teams. The team schedules are then added to Google Calendar. The misc section lastly contains three different options. The first is to add contact birthdays automatically to Google Calendar while the other two add moon phases and star dates to it. Check out Google Calendar to explore the new options for yourself.


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  1. Jeremy said on September 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry I meant shared calenders section on the google sync page

  2. Jeremy said on September 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I cannot find a way to sync these new calanders with the iPhone. They do not show up in the other section.

  3. lmiller867 said on September 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Of course they’d add this 2 days after I went through and created my own calendar to track sport schedules. One thing they are missing that would be very helpful is the network that the games are being broadcast on.

  4. Harish said on September 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    wow! thats a welcome feature:)

  5. chrisji said on September 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Don’t have these features in the german version yet. :(

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