English book illustrator Arthur Rackham born

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William Shakespeare dies

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William Shakespeare born

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Book of Humors from Shakespeare's time

Science, Shakespeare, and the STEM Humanities: How Teachers Can Make the Most of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program Resources

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Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf drowns herself at age 59

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Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” first performed

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Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” published

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Rupert Brooke, English WWI poet, born

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John Newton, slave ship captain turned preacher and author of “Amazing Grace,” born

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The gold medal of the 2012 Olympics

The Olympics

To mark the 2012 Olympics, head back to the ancient city-state and Classical Greek civilization. Examine Greek values and cultural assumptions about human excellence and competition. Then, explore the great city of London, site of this year’s Games, as well as the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.