World Book and Copyright Day - History...

In celebration of the excellent works of authors everywhere, nearly 100 countries observe World Book and Copyright Day, also referred to as World Book Day. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared this day special in an effort to encourage people to read, write books, translate works, publish, and respect copyright.

Date: April 23 is designated as World Book and Copyright Day each year.

History: Vicente Clavel Andres, a writer from Valencia, came up with the concept of World Book Day in order to honor famed novelist Miguel de Cervantes, who is well known for Don Quixote. The proposal was initially proposed on october 7, the date of Cervantes' birth, and on april 23, the anniversary of his death. Following that, UNESCO determined that april 23 would be the annual World Book and Copyright Day since it also happens to be the anniversary of the deaths of notable writers like william shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

But there's more to this historical truth than meets the eye. Shakespeare and Cervantes coincidentally passed away on april 23, 1616, although not on the same day. At that time, england used the Julian calendar, whereas spain used the Gregorian calendar. Shakespeare passed away on May 3, ten days after Cervantes according to the Gregorian calendar.

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