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Today in History: 23 April 1564 & 23 April 1616


Traditional Birth Date for William Shakespeare & Death of William Shakespeare

ABOVE: William Shakespeare

On or about this day in 1564, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. On this day in 1616, he died in the same town. Shakespeare is England’s (and probably the world’s) most famous poet and playwright.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare


Today in History: 17 February 1864


Banjo Paterson Born

On this day in 1864, Australian poet, journalist and author, Andrew Barton Paterson (Banjo Paterson) was born. Paterson was born near Orange in New South Wales, Australia. Banjo died on the 5th February 1941 in Sydney, Australia.

His most important works include ‘Waltzing Matilda,’ ‘The Man From Snowy River‘ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow.’

A pdf copy of ‘The Collected Verse of A. B. Paterson’ can be obtained via the link below:
http://www.archive.org/details/collectedverseof00pate


Today in History: 25 January 1759


Robert Burns Day/Burns Night – Burns Supper

This day is known as Robert Burns Day in Scotland, which is of course the day on which the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, was born. Burns was born on this day in 1759.

Wherever Robert Burns is remembered, a Burns Supper is generally held on or about Robert Burns Day/Night. These suppers usually include a haggis, Scotch whisky and the reading/recitation of poetry written by Robert Burns.

For more on  Burns Suppers visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_supper

For a book by Thomas Carlyle, ‘Burns,’ visit:
http://www.archive.org/details/burns01carl


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