April, 1564 – 23rd-
John and Mary Shakespeare give birth to their son, William, in Stratford Upon Avon. 26th- William was christened
at the Holy Trinity Church.
Approx. 1570 - William begins
Approx. 1579 – William
leaves school to become an apprentice at his fathers shop.
1582 - William Shakespeare
marries Anne Hathaway who is 7 years older than him.
1583 - Anne and William
Shakespeare have a baby girl, Susanna.
1585 - Anne and William
Shakespeare have twins, a boy, Hamnet who dies at age 11, and a girl, Judith who died when she was 77 years of age.
1588 - William leaves his
wife and 3 children at home in Stratford, to travel to London to work as an actor and playwright.
1594 – Due to the
plague, all theatres in London are closed. William becomes part of the Lord Chamberlains Men.
1597 – William Shakespeare
is rich enough to buy New Place, the second largest property in Stratford.
1599 - William and a group
of other actors build a new theatre, The Globe Theatre.
1601 – John Shakespeare,
Williams father dies.
1603 - Queen Elizabeth dies
and James the First becomes the King of England. The Lord Chamberlains Men becomes the King's Men.
1608 – Mary Shakespeare,
Williams mother, dies.
1610 - William Shakespeare
returns home to Stratford.
1613 - The Globe Theatre burns down when a spark from a cannon sets the thatched roof on fire.
1614 – The Globe Theatre is rebuilt.
23rd April, 1616 - William Shakespeare falls ill and dies. In his will he leaves his wife his second
best bed. William is buried in the church where he was christened, 52 years ago.