William Shakespeare's Birthday

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William Shakespeare's Birthday

William Shakespeare's Birthday History

Shakespeare Day commemorates the birth of who many consider England's greatest poet, playwright, and dramatist. William Shakespeare was born 23 April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He saw major success in his 20s & 30s as an actor and writer. Some of his most notable works are his tragedies such as Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet. Shakespeare’s work continues to be read and studied by many students around the world. He is hailed by many as the greatest writer in the English language.

Shakespeare Day seems to have been started in 2016 as a commemorative day for Shakespeare. It is observed annually on April 23.

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William Shakespeare's Birthday Facts & Quotes

  • Shakespeare's work can be found in the school curriculums of about 65% of countries around the world.
  • Shakespeare influenced the English language more than any other writer in history. Some phrases and terms made common or popular include wild goose chase, (Romeo and Juliet), in a pickle, (The Tempest), and one fell swoop, (Macbeth).
  • It's said that in order to ward off grave robbers, Shakespeare wrote his own epitaph before passing. According to history.com, above Shakespeare's tomb it reads, Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, and cursed be he that moves my bones.

William Shakespeare's Birthday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the home town of Shakespeare. Special pageants are held often as well as performances of Shakespeare's plays.
  • Read some of Shakespeare's work. Some of his most notable plays include Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.
  • Watch a movie about Shakespeare. Here are our suggestions:
    All is True (2019)
    Anonymous (2011)
    A Waste of Shame (2005)

William Shakespeare's Birthday - References and Related Sites

www.history.com: History of Shakespeare
www.history.com: Facts about Shakespeare

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