[Puzzleblogger Kevan Choset, October 7, 2005 at 12:15pm] Trackbacks
More Dying on the Same Day:

William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, the two great authors of their age, both died on April 23, 1616. Yet, as with yesterday's post, this coincidence would have been largely ignored by a hypothetical Seventeenth Century international newspaper. Why?

David Cohen (mail):
Because England was still using the Julian calendar and Spain was not so it actually Shakespeares death was actually 11 days apart from Cervantes.
10.7.2005 1:20pm
Because they would not have heard the news from Spain for several days, assuming we do not also have a hypothetical Seventeenth Century internet.

Also, why Cervantes was an international figure, Shakespeare was likely not as prominent at the time.
10.7.2005 1:28pm
Eric James Stone (mail) (www):
David Cohen gave the answer I would have given.
10.7.2005 1:31pm
Jason Fliegel (mail):
Some April 23 Shakespeare trivia -- April 23 is also the date traditionally considered to be his birthday (although we don't know for sure -- he was baptized on April 26, and so tradition has picked April 23 as his birthday, partially out of symmetry with his date of death).
10.7.2005 1:35pm
Dan Schmutter:
Because Shakespeare's First Folio wasn't even published until 1623, so he would not have been particularly well known internationally on the date of his death in 1616.
10.7.2005 1:46pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
I guess a few of those answers are legit, but the one I was going for is David Cohen's. Hence the title of the post is a little misleading, since they didn't actually die on "the same day."
10.7.2005 1:47pm
Change it to dying on the same date. Most people would not pick up on that clue.
10.7.2005 2:29pm
Reader from Boston:
Isaac Newton also asserted that Christ died on that day in AD 34.
10.7.2005 4:12pm
Nobody (mail):
As I recall, Jim Henson and Sammy Davis Jr. also died on the same day (as each other, not as Shakespeare). I don't have a puzzle for this, it's just a fact I like to mention.
10.7.2005 4:28pm
Seems like another conceivable answer would be that April 23, 1616 was the day Netherlands bought De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England. Presumably that news would have made the front page in England.
10.7.2005 4:33pm
Eh Nonymous (mail) (www):
I think Dan's answer is the best. If Shekspire wasn't well known outside of his "home and native land" because he hadn't been collected and published there, maybe he wouldn't have been paper-worthy. Cervantes, in contrast, was the recognized (inter-)national poet for a vast section of the civilized world - the Hispanoparlante world.
10.7.2005 4:47pm
How about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both dying on July 4, 1826?
10.7.2005 4:53pm
Sorry -- other post. Still weird, though.
10.7.2005 4:57pm
erp (mail):
Actually they did die on the same day, but not the same date.
10.7.2005 7:47pm
lack of communication technology. by the time the news of one reached the same area as the other, the other had already been news.
10.7.2005 11:22pm
Were the hypothetical Seventeenth Century newspaper to have been titled "Transactions and Records of the Society of Writers Who Have Visited My Kitchen" that would explain why neither of the events might have appeared in the aforementioned paper.

Sorry. I couldn't resist.
10.8.2005 3:20am
Hagel (mail):
Okay, another trivia.

There was one country in the world where the re-election of George Bush did not make front-page news the day after. (North Korea not participating). Which, and why?
10.8.2005 7:23am
Paul doson (mail) (www):
I can say its just a coincidence. No need to make it a hoobla boo.
10.8.2005 7:32am
Hmm... New Zealand, because by the time it was known, it was the second day after?
10.9.2005 6:35pm
Hagel - The US, because he wasn't re-elected because the first time was a coronation! Yuk yuk yuk!
10.10.2005 1:12pm