May 4: Holmes vs Moriarty
On this date in 1891, Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty struggled on the narrow ledge above treacherous Reichenbach Falls. To find out how the cliffhanger ends and learn more about how the most famous detective in literature solves difficult cases, check out our free collection of Sherlock Holmes audiobooks.
Hint: You’ll have to listen to two different adventures to understand the incident at Reichenbach Falls.
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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.