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23 April in History: William Shakespeare’s Death Anniversary,10 Facts About the Author and More

William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers, playwrights, poets of all time. He died on 23rd April 1564 and largest contributors of classics like Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream etc. William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers, playwrights, poets of all time. He died on 23rd April 1564 and […]



William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers, playwrights, poets of all time. He died on 23rd April 1564 and largest contributors of classics like Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream etc.

William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers, playwrights, poets of all time. He died on 23rd April 1564 and is one of the largest contributors to English classic literature. He introduced the world to classic stories like Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream etc. His works have been widely quoted and plays have been translated into many major languages. He has approximately written 39 plays, 154 sonnets and two long poems.

To commemorate his death here are some facts about him:

Today marks his 402nd death anniversary. In order to honour him, he was given the title of the Bard of Avon and his life and work is celebrated every year in his hometown called Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He made

He got married to Anne Hathaway when he was just 18-years-old, she was 26-years-old and three months pregnant. Together they had three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith.

He is currently buried in the space around the altar of the Holy Trinity Chruch and the tombstone on the grave has a curse indicating that the bones should not be moved. During the restoration of the church in 2008 Shakespeare’s grave was carefully avoided.

He contributed about 3000 words to the English language. Some of the famous phrases are still used today like “All that glitters is not gold” (The Merchant of Venice), “Break the ice” (The Taming of the Shrew), “Cold comfort” (The Taming the the Shrew), “Faint hearted” (Henry VI Part I), “For goodness’ sake” (Henry VIII), “Full circle” (King Lear), “Good riddance” (Troilus and Cressida) etc.

According to records neither Shakespeare’s parents nor his children were literate

There are no records of Shakespeare’s work during 1585-1592.

He did not attend university, however, now all over the world, his work is studied by literature enthusiasts.

It is still unknown today about what was the exact way his name was written due to inconstancies of how he wrote his name throughout his career.

The longest word he has used is honorificabilitudinitatibus which is a medieval Latin word that means “of honour”.

He was an actor and owned his own acting company called “The King’s Men” which was initially known as”Lord Chamberlain’s Men”.

Some other noted events in history today:

In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States, The US had given an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
In 1928, Hollywood actress Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica, California, U.S.
In 1987, Chrysler bought Lamborghini the luxury auto-making company.
In 2013, Same-Sex marriage act was approved in France.

 

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