On this day in 1564 the great English literary master William Shakespeare was believed to have been born. And on this day in 1616, it is known that he died. Shakespeare was only 52 when he passed. But without a doubt the mark that he made on literature and indeed culture, is absolutely astounding still all these centuries later.
On this day in 1954 baseball great Hank Aaron had the first home run of his legendary career in Major League Baseball (MLB). Twenty years later, Aaron's career reached a zenith when he hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking Babe Ruth's record that stood for nearly 53 years. Aaron, who first played ball in the Negro League, joined the MLB's Milwaukee Braves eight years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
In addition to Shakespeare, today's birthdays also include – the late singer Roy Orbison (1936), actress and former ambassador Shirley Temple (1928), “Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel (1990), and activist and filmmaker Michael Moore (1954).
Here are six tips for the day –
1. Tomorrow night, April 24, the Northborough Art Guild will be welcoming artist Gary Lippincott.
2. Poet Regie Gibson will be paying a visit to the Southborough Library tomorrow night, April 24. Gibson is a former winner of the National Slam Competition and author of “Storms Beneath the Skin.”
3. Westborough residents who have not yet registered to vote in the town may do so anytime up to and during Wednesday, April 25. As a reminder, a special election will be held on May 15 to see if the town will approve a debt exclusion vote for a new Fire Station.
4. The Eclectic Browsers group will be meeting at the Shrewsbury Public Library Wednesday morning, April 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Another Shrewsbury reading group will be meeting that morning as well –the Founding Fathers Reading Group will discuss Ira Stoll's “Samuel Adams – a Life” at the Artemas Ward House. More details can be found here – http://communityadvocate.com/2012/04/09/shrewsbury-founding-fathers-reading-group-to-discuss-samuel-adams-a-life/
5. Are you dismayed about the Red Sox? To get your mind off the team's woes, check out this presentation to be held by the Shrewsbury Historical Society Wednesday night, April 25 – “Doubleday Didn's Do It: A History of Baseball Before 1860.”
6. Here's a great article about a man who has had a unique vantage point alongside some of the area's biggest sporting events over the last three decades.