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A Couple of Anniversaries Today
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1024  Friday, 7 May 2004

[1]     From:   Edward Brown <
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        Date:   Thursday, 06 May 2004 09:34:11 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1017 A Couple of Anniversaries Today

[2]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 May 2004 23:22:50 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1017 A Couple of Anniversaries Today


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From:           Edward Brown <
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Date:           Thursday, 06 May 2004 09:34:11 -0500
Subject: 15.1017 A Couple of Anniversaries Today
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1017 A Couple of Anniversaries Today

Yes, they did, 23 April 1616.

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 May 2004 23:22:50 -0700
Subject: 15.1017 A Couple of Anniversaries Today
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1017 A Couple of Anniversaries Today

 >>On this day [April 23] in 1616 both William Shakespeare and
 >>Miguel de Cervantes died.

John Briggs commented:

 >They didn't die on the same day, of course.

Yes, those who celebrated the real Millennium at midnight of December
31, 2000, will complain about the technical accuracy of Sh. and
Cervantes dying "the same day."  Date as locally reckoned, yes, but not
day.  A common web source explains the complications:

"It is often stated that Cervantes died on the same day (23 April, 1616)
as his English counterpart William Shakespeare.  This is true only so
far as the dates are concerned. However it should be remembered that
Spain was then using the Gregorian or New Style (NS) calendar, whereas
England was still using the Julian or Old Style (OS) calendar, and did
not adopt NS dating until 1752. So, while the dates indeed correspond,
the deaths actually occurred 10 days apart in real time, because the
calendars were at that time 10 days apart. If we compare both events on
the same basis, i.e. by converting Shakespeare's date of death to NS, we
find that Cervantes died on 23 April, 1616, whereas Shakespeare died on
3 May, 1616."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes

Nonetheless, the coincidence on April 23 prompted UNESCO to make it the
annual World Book and Copyright Day.

http://216.239.57.104/u/unesco?q=cache:9PLDqz9WjrMJ:portal.unesco.org/culture/en/file_download.php/02395e5cc080a54467ed6d8c2b9d3c57Children_s_art_institute.ppt+Cervantes&hl=en

BTW Liz Fontenla pointed this out to me offlist a few days ago.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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