World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book) is a yearly event on 23 April, organised by the UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright, In the United Kingdom, the day is recognised on the first Thrusday of March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, who dided on this date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the  World Book and Copywright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakesperar and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authores.

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