Fans Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. National Portrait Gallery, London. (Wikipedia.org)
The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. National Portrait Gallery, London. (Wikipedia.org)

The playwright’s birth is marked every April 23 but experts disagree on whether that’s true, as some believe baptism records from April 26, 1564, suggest he was born three days earlier, as was typical, but others say it might not have occurred so quick or long afterward

Every year on April 23, Stratford-upon-Avon and the world celebrate the birth of the most famous English playwright in history — and this year’s festivities will be bigger than usual, as 2014 marks what would have been the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Except that we don’t actually know for sure whether April 23 was even his birthday.

Here’s what is certain: the records of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford mark the baptism on April 26, 1564, of “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere” and that baptisms — it’s generally thought — usually took place three days after birth. So “Gulielmus” — William, son of John — was probably born three days before, on April 23.

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SOURCE: TIME Magazine
Lily Rothman

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