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Friday 19 Apr 2013: World Book Day
Since 1995, UNESCO celebrates 23 April as World Book Day. The organisation chose this date because supposedly two famous authors, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare both died on the same date, 23 April 1616. In reality they died 11 days apart: Cervantes died on 22 April 1616 and was buried on the 23rd (on the Gregorian calendar) and Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616 on the Julian calendar which was still used in England at the time.

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