William Shakespeare

1892–1949 (Age 56)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Shakespeare was born on 16 August 1892, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Shakespeare, was 30 and his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, was 28. He married Elizabeth Emily Short on 21 January 1912. He died on 8 July 1949, at the age of 56.

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William Shakespeare
Elizabeth Emily Short
Marriage: 21 January 1912

Spouse & Children

21 January 1912
St. Mark, Birmimgham, Warwick, England

Parents & Siblings



  • Female1884–1983Female

  • Samuel Shakespeare


  • John Henry Shakespeare


  • Catherine Shakespeare


  • Male1892–1949Male

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World Events (7)

1904 · The Entente Cordiale

Age 12

The Entente Cordiale was signed between Britain and France on April 8, 1904, to reconcile imperial interests and pave the way for future diplomatic cooperation. This ended hundreds of years of conflict between the two states.

Age 16

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1914 · Britain Enters the Great War

Age 22

After Germany declared war Russia, Britain entered The Great War and declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914. The war ended on November 11, 1918, as Germany signed an armistice that brought fighting to a halt.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English schak(k)en ‘to brandish’ + speer ‘spear’, nickname for a belligerent person or perhaps a bawdy nickname for an exhibitionist or womanizer.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • William Shakespeare in household of John Shakespeare, "England and Wales Census, 1901"
  • William Shakespeare, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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