May 4, 1891: Sherlock Holmes disappears at the Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland

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1891 – After an intense fight at the top of the Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland, Sherlock Holmes and his sworn enemy Professor Moriarty plunge to their death on ‘s short story ‘The Final Problem” written and published in 1891.

Intended to be the final appearance of Sherlock Holmes as grew tired of the character, the detective will be revived ten years later, first with the publication in 1902 of “The Hound of the Baskerville” (set before the events of “The Final Problem”) and finally by a direct follow-up in 1903 with “The Adventure of the Empty House”.

movie_icon&16 The Reichenbach Fall has been allegorically featured in the second season of the BBC’s Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat.

The BBC’s Sherlock made his comeback in the season 3 opener “The Empty Hearse”, penned by actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss who plays Mycroft in this contemporary adaptation.

Many adaptations depicted the events of the Reichenbach Falls in a more literal manner, notably the british 1985 series starring Jeremy Brett.

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, despite being an original story, uses the Reichenbach Falls as the location of its climax.

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