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When was William Shakespeare born?

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Posted September 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM via web

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When was William Shakespeare born?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM (Answer #1)

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Technically, we don’t know the exact date of Shakespeare’s birth in Stratford-on-Avon, because birth records were not kept in England in 1564; what we have is a christening date, or baptism date (April 26, 1564), and scholars have deduced that his birth was probably less than a week earlier, judging from the habits of the time.  In addition, putting his birth date at April 23rd coincides with the date of his death 52 years later, on April 23, 1616.   

So we celebrate his birthday as April 23, 1564; many cities recite all his sonnets in a group reading on this date each year, or perform key scenes or famous soliloquies from his plays.

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