Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes - 161 today

The Sherlock Holmes statue at Picardy Place. Pic: Ian Rutherford
The Sherlock Holmes statue at Picardy Place. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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IT’s elementary but may have slipped your memory...today is Sherlock Holmes’ birthday.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn’t make it as simple as printing the detective’s actual birthday but an estimate of his age in the story His Last Bow puts his year of birth at August 1854. Leslie S. Klinger, author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, then sets his birthdate as January 6.

In the absence of any other evidence, what remains must be true so - Happy Birthday Sherlock!