Take your pick: 398 years, 450 years or 1,711 years ago.
Let's get the latter out of the way first
April 23rd, 303 - the day they say that St George died. Patron of England - and many, many other places.
You can read all about him here - St George's Day - and learn the story behind the legend that he slew the dragon. But, this photo that I took alongside the Thames River in London last year, would appear to indicate that the dragon ate St George - only his cross-emblazoned shield remains!
April 23rd, 1616 - the day on which it is said William Shakespeare died. His birthday is also widely celebrated on this date, though that may just be (a not illogical) projection based on records of his baptism a few days later - in 1564. Regardless, celebrations will be under way today for this 450th anniversary of the birth of the Bard of Avon.
By way of tribute to his wit, I pose for you the following quiz.
In each case, provide the words that HE wrote (where I have substituted others in red italics) AND the name of the play from whence those quotes were taken. Though there are no prizes, feel free to also state who spoke (or as he would have said, 'spake') them and also cite the Act and Scene
1. If music be the food of love, ____ ____
2. All the world's a stage and all the men ____ ____ ____ ____
must get on board!
3. God has given you one face, and you ____ ____ ____
still praise Him?