William Shakespeare’s birthday is traditionally celebrated today, 23rd April; he was born in the year 1564.*
His actual date of birth cannot be substantiated as back then, births were not formally registered and Birth Certificates were not produced. As it was customary for Elizabethan parents to baptise their children three days after their birth – there is record of Shakespeare’s baptism, dated 26th, at the Holy Trinity Parish Church in Stratford, England – his birthday has been guessed.
Incidentally, Shakespeare died on this very date – on 23rd April, 1616.
There was a star danced, and under that I was born ~ Much Ado About Nothing