The Timeline

What follows is the basic timeline resulting from my attempts to put dates to Watson’s sixty stories. In parentheses next to each title is a code specifying what part or parts of the date come directly from Watson’s pen (or Holmes’s pen, in those cases he wrote himself): "Y" for year, "M" for month, "D" for day, "Wd" for weekday, and "S" for season. For chronological info from the story and the rational for placing each story at the given date, just click on the story title link. For a handy intro to this study of Dr. Watson's dates, try the essay below right.
1880
July 3, Saturday -- "The Gloria Scott"
1881
June 23, Thursday -- "The Musgrave Ritual"
July 16, 1881, Saturday -- Holmes meets Watson in Chapter One of A Study in Scarlet
1883
April 1, Sunday -- "The Speckled Band" (Y-M)
1884
March 4, Tuesday -- The investigation of A Study in Scarlet (M-D-Wd)
March 29, Saturday -- "The Yellow Face" (S-Wd)
1885
January 6, Tuesday -- "The Red Circle" (S)
1886
February 26, Friday -- "The Beryl Coronet" (M-Wd)
October 2, Saturday -- "The Resident Patient" (M) 
1887
April 26, Tuesday -- "The Reigate Squires" (Y-M-D)
July 19, Tuesday -- "The Second Stain" (Wd-S)
July 29, Friday -- "The Naval Treaty" (M-D)
August 30, Tuesday -- "The Crooked Man" (Wd)
September 16, Friday -- "The Five Orange Pips" (Y-M)
October 6, Thursday -- "The Noble Bachelor" (M-D-Y)
1888
January 7, Saturday -- The Valley of Fear (M-D)
March 20, Tuesday -- "A Scandal in Bohemia" (M-D-Y)
April 16, Monday -- "A Case of Identity" (Wd)
June 20, Wednesday -- "The Greek Interpreter" (Wd-S)
September 4, Tuesday -- The Sign of the Four (M)
October 25, Thursday -- "Silver Blaze"
1889
June 1, Saturday -- "The Stock-broker’s Clerk" (M-Wd-S)
June 8, Saturday -- "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" (M-D-Wd)
June 21, Friday -- "The Man with the Twisted Lip" (M-D-Y-Wd)
June 30, Sunday -- "The Engineer’s Thumb" (Y-S)
August 30, Friday -- "The Cardboard Box" (M-Wd)
October 1, Tuesday -- The Hound of the Baskervilles (M-D-Wd-S)
December 27, Friday -- "The Blue Carbuncle" (M-D)
1890
March 18, Tuesday -- "The Copper Beeches" 
October 11, Saturday -- "The Red-Headed League" (M-D-Y)
1891
January 12, Monday -- "Charles Augustus Milverton" (D-S)
April 23, Friday -- "The Final Problem" (M-D-Y)
1892
March 24, Thursday -- "Wisteria Lodge" (M-Y)
1893
March 15, Wednesday -- "Three Gables"
1894
April 3, Tuesday -- "The Empty House" (M-D-Y)
June 1, Friday -- "The Mazarin Stone" (S)
August 1, Wednesday -- "The Norwood Builder" (M)
November 23, Friday -- "The Gold Pince-nez" (Y-M)
1895
April 20, Saturday -- "The Solitary Cyclist" (M-D-Y-Wd)
May 6, Monday -- "The Three Students" (Y)
July 10, Wednesday -- "Black Peter" (Y-M-Wd)
November 21, Thursday -- "The Bruce-Partington Plans" (M-Y)
1896
September 22, Tuesday -- "The Veiled Lodger" (Y)
1897
February 6, Saturday -- "The Missing Three-Quarter" (M)
February 15, Monday -- "Abbey Grange" (Y-M-S)
March 16, Tuesday -- "The Devil’s Foot" (Y-M-Wd)
1898
July 25, Monday -- "The Dancing Men" (M-Wd)
August 20, Saturday -- "The Retired Colourman" (Y-S)
1900
October 4, Thursday -- "Thor Bridge" (M-D)
1901
May 16, Thursday -- "Priory School" (M-D-Wd)
November 19, Tuesday -- "The Sussex Vampire" (M-D)
1902
June 4, Wednesday -- "The Six Napoleons" 
June 19, Thursday -- "The Three Garridebs"(Y-M-Wd)
July 26, Saturday -- "The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax" 
September 3, Wednesday -- "The Illustrious Client" (M-D-Y)
1903
January 21, Wednesday -- "The Blanched Soldier" (M-Y-Wd)
May 26, Tuesday -- "Shoscombe Old Place" (M)
September 6, Sunday -- "The Creeping Man" (M-D-Y-Wd)
November 8, Sunday -- "The Dying Detective" (Wd)
1907
July 30, Tuesday -- "The Lion’s Mane" (M-Y-Wd)
1914
August 2, Sunday -- "His Last Bow" (M-D-Y)

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