Historians believe that William Shakespeare was born on this date in 1564. So we can celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday today. (Interesting fact: Shakespeare is said to have died on the same date in 1616). His legacy, of course, is unmatched, and it comes not only in the form of his 38 plays. It can also be found in many words that we take for granted today — everything from amazement and besmirch to worthless and zany.
But he left one decidedly American legacy (aside from the above creation at California’s Legoland) — U.S. place names. Many of his iconic characters cling to a certain geographic immortality here in our backyard. So let’s explore some of them:
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?” – Romeo and Juliet
In this case, “wherefore” actually means “why” and not “where.” Juliet is lamenting her bad luck that her beloved is a member of a rival gang. Still, where is Romeo?Read More›