So mighty was William Shakespeare’s output that some scholars insist another, greater mind must have written some or all of his plays. Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and Edward de Vere have all been candidates. But this theory has never been proved… William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582. Their daughter Susannah was born in 1583, and the twins Judith and Hamnet were born in 1585. Hamnet died in 1596… William Shakespeare’s precise date of birth and date of death are not known. He was baptized on April 26, 1564, and over time April 23 has become the accepted date of birth. Similarly, his funeral was known to have been held on April 25, 1616, and April 23rd is the best guess of his actual death date.