Today is the 448th birthday of
Shakespeare is believed to have been born on this day in 1564 but there is no official record that confirms it. The future writer was baptized on April 26 and it was customary at the time for infants to be baptized three days after birth.
This much is also known: Shakespeare was born in
Each year around this time, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust celebrates the Bard's birthday with public events, such as live readings of his plays and other festivities.
This year's birthday also marks the start of the World Shakespeare Festival, a weeks-long celebration held at venues throughout Britain and organized by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The festival coincides with the