Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare!
Shakespeare's birthday is typically observed on April 23. The playwright's actual birthdate is unknown, although it was sometime around this date in 1564.
His date of death is April 23, 1616, which means that, if the estimated birthdate is correct, Shakespeare died on his birthday.
In honor of The Bard, take a moment to learn a little more about Shakespeare:
>> Browse just a few of the items in our collection, including DVDs, on our Pinterest board.
>> Watch videos about The Bard and read more about his life on History.com.
>> Learn more about the playwright from the experts! Frequently asked questions about Shakespeare are answered by the Folger Library and also with short video clips by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.