Full Name: William Shakespeare
Why Famous: Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His extant works consist of about 38 plays and 154 sonnets.
His plays have been translated into every major living language and have been performed more often than any other playwright.Some of his famous plays include Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and King Lear.
Biography: William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. (Wikipedia)
- 1302-03-11 Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare
- 1582-11-28 Playwright & poet William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway
- 1595-01-29 William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed. The play was officially published in early 1597.
- 1597-04-23 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
- 1604-11-01 William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" first presented
- 1606-08-07 Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.
- 1609-05-20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
- 1611-04-20 First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London recorded by Simon Forman
- 1611-11-01 Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Tempest" first presented
- 1613-06-29 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre burns down
- 1750-03-05 1st American Shakespearean production-"altered" Richard III, NYC
- 1847-09-16 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust buys bard's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
- 1932-04-23 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon
- 1978-02-11 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens
- 1999-03-31 "10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released
- 2012-06-07 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays were first performed, were found under a pub in London
- 2016-03-23 GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen