first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 22, 2017UPDATED: July 7, 2019 11:21 IST Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for creating the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, was a multi-faceted personality — a doctor, a writer, journalist, and public figure. He was born as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle on May 22, in the year 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.Did you know that the birthday of Sherlock’s sidekick, Dr Watson, in whose voice Doyle writes the mystery tales, actually coincides with that of the author?Listed below are some lesser-known facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:1. Doyle played cricket: He was on the same cricket team as Peter Pan writer JM Barrie.2. Debut of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in ‘A Study of Scarlet’, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887.3. Killing and resurrection of Holmes: In 1893, Conan Doyle killed off Holmes, hoping to concentrate on more serious writing. A public outcry later made him resurrect Holmes.4. Doyle helped in popularising skiing: In 1823, Doyle moved to Davros, Switzerland where he helped to popularise the winter sport. Doyle was also the first Englishman to document the thrill of skiing: “You let yourself go,” he said.”Getting as near to flying as any earthbound man can. In that glorious air it is a delightful experience.” Doyle correctly predicted that in the future hundreds of Englishmen would come to Switzerland for the ‘skiing season.’5. Doyle played as goalkeeper: Under the pseudonym AC Smith, the writer played as a goalie for amateur side Portsmouth Association Football Club.6. He ran for Parliament, twice: Doyle ran for parliament (representing the Unionist Party) once in Edinburgh (in 1900) and once in the Border Burghs (in 1906). Although he received a respectable vote both the times, he was not elected.advertisement7. He coined the caption ‘Licensed to Kill’: When Arthur Conan Doyle obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery degree, he drew a funny sketch of himself receiving his diploma, with the caption ‘Licensed to Kill’. It became the tagline for another sleuth, James Bond.8. Doyle not only wrote mysteries, he actually solved a few: One such example was the case of George Edalji, who, thanks to Doyle’s efforts, was exonerated for charges of sending threatening letters and mutilating animals.9. He died clutching a flower: Doyle died on Monday, July 7, 1930, in his garden, clutching a flower. His last words were addressed to his wife. He whispered, “You are wonderful.”10. Doyle believed in fairies: When a photograph surfaced purportedly showing a young girl surrounded by fairies, Doyle enthusiastically hailed its authenticity and believed it was clear evidence of psychic phenomena. He even wrote a book called The Coming of the Fairies.11. He started an ophthalmology practice in London: But not a single patient ever crossed his door, which made Doyle resort to writing for killing time.12. He was friends with famous illusionist Harry Houdini: However, their friendship soured when Conan Doyle and his wife called him for a seance. There, they claimed to have contacted Houdini’s mother from beyond the grave. As proof of her communication, they showed her a letter which was written in English, a language which Houdini’s mother didn’t speak! Houdini was outraged and publicly denounced the author and his wife.13. Knighted by King Edward: In the year 1902, King Edward VII Knighted Doyle, not for his famous fiction stories on Sherlock Holmes, but for his book that justified Britain’s involvement in the Boer War.14. He popularised ‘dinosaurs’: Can you imagine Jurassic Park without dinosaurs? At the time Doyle wrote The Lost World, the term dinosaur hadn’t even been around for two centuries.Read | Sherlock Holmes’ birthday mystery solved!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sherlock HolmesFollow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 14 crazy facts on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created Sherlock HolmesThe article features some lesser-known facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on his 89th death anniversary.advertisementlast_img read more

The TSX was slightly higher Thursday with strength coming from mining stocks while the market gave a tepid reception to higher profits at Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and CIBC (TSX:CM).The S&P/TSX composite index was up 16.4 points to 12,749.01 as Royal Bank posted $1.9 billion of net income in the second quarter, up 26 per cent from a year earlier. The profit amounted to $1.27 share while adjusted diluted EPS was $1.31, which met a Thomson Reuters estimate but missed a Bloomberg estimate by a penny. RBC shares lost $1.24 to $62.74.CIBC had a second-quarter profit of $876-million, up eight per cent from a year ago. Its net income and adjusted net income both came in at $2.12 per share, above the consensus estimate. CIBC said its quarterly dividend will rise by two cents to 96 cents per share.CIBC also said it has taken steps to create alternatives in case it does not renew its Aeroplan credit card agreement with Aimia (TSX:AIM), which is set to expire at the end of the year. President and chief executive Gerry McCaughey didn’t rule out the possibility of renewing the existing contract with the company formerly known as Aeroplan, which has partnered with the bank for more than two decades to create the popular CIBC Aerogold Visa. CIBC shares dipped 70 cents to $79.73 while Aimia slipped 11 cents to $15.06.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.45 of a cent to 97.05 cents US amid rising prices for gold and copper.U.S. markets were positive amid a slightly weaker than expected showing in U.S. economic growth during the first quarter, a rise in jobless insurance claims and an indication of further strength in home sales in the coming months.The Dow Jones industrials rose 42.56 points to 15,345.36, the Nasdaq gained 21.59 points to 3,489.11 while the S&P 500 index rose 6.89 points to 1,655.25.A second reading on U.S. gross domestic product for the first quarter showed GDP coming in at an annualized rate of 2.4 per cent, a bit below the initial reading of a 2.5 per cent gain. But the showing was still a marked improvement from the 0.4 per cent gain in the final quarter of 2012.The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000, a sign layoffs have increased. The Labour Department also said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 6,750 to 347,250, the third straight gain. The average had fallen to a five-year low of 338,000 earlier this month.On the housing front, the National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted index for pending U.S. home sales rose 0.3 per cent to 106, the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit inflated sales. Signed contracts have jumped 10.3 per cent in the past 12 months. Also, sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million, a 3 1/2 year high.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up 4.5 per cent while gold was up $23.70 to US$1,415 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) jumped $1.35 to C$21.88 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran ahead $1.20 to $29.90.The base metals sector rose 1.54 per cent as copper futures were ahead two cents at US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 91 cents to C$28.81.Most bank stocks were lower, taking the financial sector down 0.4 per cent as Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) shed 39 cents to $62.11.The energy sector fell 0.2 per cent as oil prices backed off for a second day as the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off the worst levels of the session, down 44 cents to US$92.69 a barrel.Data from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration is expected to show a decline of 1.5 million barrels in crude oil stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was down 25 cents to C$31.83.Traders also looked to a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Friday to discuss, among other things, production levels.Overhanging the meeting is the rise of shale oil production in the U.S. and a report from the International Energy Agency saying total production could top nine million barrels a day by 2018. That would mean near self-sufficiency for the U.S. as well as significantly less dependence on OPEC imports.In other corporate news, shares in Facebook Inc. jumped $1.25 or 5.36 per cent to US$24.57 after BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon raised his rating on the social-networking giant to outperform from market perform. Salmon also lifted his price target on Facebook’s stock to $33 a share from $32, saying “sentiment around Facebook advertising remains quite positive.”European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.19 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.64 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.58 per cent. read more