Shakespeare we love

On this day: April 23
National Portrait Gallery, London via Wikimedia Commons
1616: English playwright and poet William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, dies at the age of 52 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. His tragic plays written in the early 1600s, including "Hamlet," "King Lear," "Othello" and "Macbeth," are considered some of the finest works in the English language. This date in 1564 is also traditionally observed as Shakespeare's birthday, although his actual date of birth remains unknown. He was also born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptized there on April 26, 1564.