Sherlock Holmes introduced…


Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in A Study in Scarlet this date in 1887. Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Homes is known for a proficiency with observation, forensic science and logical reasoning, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients. The character’s popularity became widespread with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891. All but one are set in the Victorian or Edwardian periods. Most are narrated by the character of Holmes’s friend and biographer Dr. Watson, who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address of 221B Baker Street, London, where many of the stories begin.

Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most well-known, listed by Guinness World Records as the “most portrayed movie character” in history. Holmes’ popularity and fame are such that many have believed him not to be a fictional character, but a real individual. The stories and character have had a profound and lasting effect on mystery and popular culture. (from Wikipedia)

Teddy Bear Day

National Teddy Bear Day is always celebrated on September 9th.

Since the creation of the first teddy bears, which sought to imitate the form of real bear cubs, “teddies” have greatly varied in form, style and material. They have become collector’s items, with older and rarer “teddies” appearing at public auctions. Teddy bears are among the most popular gifts for children and are often given to adults to signify love, congratulations or sympathy.

The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as “Teddy” (though he loathed being referred to as such). The name originated from an incident on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902.

After three days of hunting with the Governor of Mississippi, Roosevelt was the only member of the hunting party not to have spotted a bear. So the trip would not be a failure for him, guides tracked down an old black bear the dogs had trailed and attacked. They then tied the bear to a tree and called for the President.

But Roosevelt took one look at the bear and refused to shoot it, feeling it would be unsportsmanlike. He did, however, order that the bear be put down because it was suffering. Word of this hit newspapers across the country and political cartoonist Clifford Berryman picked up the story, drawing a cartoon showing how the President refused to shoot the bear while hunting.

The original cartoon shows a small bear cub. It later appeared in other cartoons Berryman drew throughout Roosevelt’s career, connecting bears with President Roosevelt. A New York candy shop owner saw Berryman’s original cartoon and had an idea. He put in his shop window two stuffed toy bears his wife had made. He asked permission from President Roosevelt to call these toy bears “Teddy’s bears.” The rapid popularity of these bears led the man to mass-produce them, eventually forming the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company eventually becoming the Ideal Toy Company it is today.

At about the same time, a German company, Steiff, started making stuffed bears. In 1903 an American saw a stuffed bear Margaret Steiff had made and ordered many of them. These bears, which also came to be called Teddy Bears, made the international connection.  (from me, Wikipedia and

Celebrating Read a Book Day and International Literacy Day

Read a Book Day is celebrated today. And for slackers, when it comes to reading: no worries. Contrary to the name, you don’t have to read a whole book in just one day. Read a Book Day is a day to encourage people to read either for themselves, for children or for elderly people to give them some quality time.

Reading is not only fun, but it can also improve your health by lowering stress levels, stimulates brain activity and improves your memory. It also opens worlds otherwise unknown, gives wings to thoughts and dreams, and provides companionship.

So reading is fun and healthy: Grab a book and try it for yourself

And, on Sunday, we celebrate International Literacy Day.

International Literacy Day is observed worldwide on September 8, first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Some 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 75 million children are out-of-school and much more attend irregularly or drop out. Next to the writer’s engagement, there are various companies and charity organizations that support the fight against illiteracy. Literacy Day also signifies the recognition of the country to strive towards total and complete literacy for the nation.

Literacy has been described as the ability to read for knowledge and write coherently and think critically about the written word. Literacy can also include the ability to understand all forms of communication, be it body language, pictures, video or sound (reading, speaking, listening and viewing).

So whether you read books via actual books, e-readers or audio books, lose yourself in a great story or use them to learn something new.

(from me, Wikipedia and