Today is UN English Language Day. It is observed annually on April 23rd. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization. April 23rd was chosen as the date for the English language because it is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
In 1842 a death mask was found in a ragpicker’s shop in Darmstadt, Germany that is certain to be that of William Shakespeare’s. The mask, bearing the date of 1616 (Shakespeare died on April , features the writer’s high forehead, prominent nose and beard.