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Weird and wonderful, it all happened in April

1616 DEATH OF SHAKESPEARE

GO BARD OR GO HOME

Though there are no contemporary sources describing the nature of Shakespeare’s death in 1616, the vicar of his hometown – Stratford-upon-Avon – wrote that Shakespeare, with his friend Ben Jonson and others, may have “drank too hard” on a night out.

1956 FROGMAN DISAPPEARS

UP FOR CRABBS

While the USSR’s first secretary Nikita Khrushchev was on a state visit to the UK, MI6 sent the army’s ‘frogman’, Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, to Portsmouth to inspect Khrushchev’s ship. Crabb never returned, and all traces of him at his hotel had been removed. A headless body was found in Chichester harbour the next year, which the coroner deemed to be his.

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About BBC History Revealed Magazine

This might well be our most-packed issue ever, and we’ve got pretty much every time and place imaginable covered. Our section in the centre pages looks at those archaeological discoveries that make our understanding of the past possible – from buried kings to mysterious writings.