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Chase's Calendar of Events 2014, 57th Edition by Editors of Chase's Calendar of Events

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Spotlight on World Anniversaries

450th Birth Anniversary of William Shakespeare

APR 23, 1564 Image 450 YEARS

Almost 400 years after his death, William Shakespeare’s drama continues to draw crowds and details about his life continue to fuel the enigma of his life. Shakespeare’s exact birthdate is unknown, unsurprising for a playwright whose life is sparsely recorded in official documents. The attributed date is Apr 23, 1564, as it is close to his baptismal date, Apr 26, and coincides with his death date, also Apr 23.

Born and raised at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Shakespeare presumably attended the Stratford Grammar School. Church documents record ...

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