Nearly 400 years ago, on this date in 1613, the Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare'sHenry VIII. Sparks that flew from a cannon used during the production ignited a thatched roof of the gallery, resulting in the fire. The theater was rebuilt with a tile roof and reopened a year later. The Puritans closed all the theaters in London in 1642, including the Globe. Remnants of the building were discovered in 1989 and a replica of the theater was built and opened in 1997. It sports the first thatched roof permitted in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666.
"Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water." — William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII