January 6: Sherlock Holmes
January 6, 1854 is the fictional birthdate of the world’s most famous detective.
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Over 200 nineteenth century illustrations of chemistry apparatus, some of which may have been found in Holmes’ own chemical laboratory which contained retorts, Bunsen burners, test-tubes, and other apparatus useful for solving questions related to blood analysis and toxicology. In 2002, the royal Society of Chemistry bestowed an honorary fellowship on Holmes for his use of forensic science and analytical chemistry in popular literature, making him the only fictional character thus honored. Illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.