Tomorrow is William Shakespeare's 449th birthday. I'm going to say something nice about him and it took me nearly an hour to find one. And that seems to be the one and only "positive" thing associated with him.
According to history.com, Shakespeare had inspired an American fan to introduce every bird mentioned in his works to his country. Out of the 600 and more references on birds, Eugene Schiffelin, who belonged to the American Acclimatization Society in New York, only imported those absent in America. The society was founded in 1871 to introduce plants and animals from Europe to North America.
Schiffelin imported 60 starlings (debuted in "Henry IV, Part 1") from England and released them in New York's Central Park in 1890. His goodwill, however, had caused problem today. The starlings had multiplied to more than 200 million in the United States. They not only dominate the skies and become a public nuisance but also threaten the lives of native birds.