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  • 1555-1564/John and Mary Shakespeare have two daughters who die while they are still babies.

  • 1564/William Shakespeare is born to John and Mary Shakespeare in the town of Stratford Upon Avon.

  • Approximately 1570/William begins grammar school.

  • Approximately 1572/John Shakespeare takes his son,William, to see a play being performed in the town where they live.

  • 1576/James Burbage builds the first theatre and calls it The Theatre, which Shakespeare will begin acting in when he is grown up.

  • 1582/William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway.

  • 1583/Anne and William Shakespeare have a baby girl named Susanna.

  • 1585/Anne and William Shakespeare have twins, a boy named Hamnet and a girl named Judith.

  • 1588/William Shakespeare leaves his wife and children at home in Stratford and travels to London to work as an actor and playwright.

  • 1593/The Earl of Southampton begins to pay Shakespeare for his work and this lets William continue his writing.

  • 1594/All the theatres in London are closed for a year because of the plague.

  • 1599/William and a group of other actors build The Globe, a new theatre.

  • 1603/Queen Elizabeth dies and James the First becomes the King of England. Shakespeare's group of actors becomes the King's Men.

  • 1614/The Globe burns down.

  • 1616/William Shakespeare retires home to Stratford.

  • 1616/William Shakespeare falls ill and dies. In his will he leaves his wife his second best bed.