Today is the celebrated birthday of William Shakespeare. William was the son ofJohn Shakespeare who was originally fromSnitterfield. His mother was Mary Arden, the daughter of a well known landowning farmer. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there on the 26 of April 1564.
His actual birthday is still unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April,St George's Day.This date is now known as an 18th-century scholar's mistake. It has however proved appealing to biographers, since Shakespeare died 23 April 1616. So thus we celebrate today as the birthday of one of the greatest playwrites of all times.