This Day In Spiritualist History

May
28
Sat
1898: First Ouija Board Patent
May 28 all-day
1898: First Ouija Board Patent

Six years after the appearance of that article a patent for a “Ouija or Egyptian luck-board” was filed by Baltimore attorney Elijah H. Bond, who in turn assigned the rights to Charles W. Kennard and William H.A. Maupin.  This early talking board (the patent was filed on May 28, 1898) was the first with the Ouija name.

Jun
9
Thu
1927: Death of Victoria Woodhull
Jun 9 all-day
1927: Death of Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927), a medium and carnival show clairvoyant, was the first woman-owned Wall Street brokerage house, the first woman to address a Congressional committee and the first woman to run for president. She championed free love, believed that marriage was institutionalized slavery and supported paid sex work.

Jun
27
Mon
1857: Birthday of Leonora Piper
Jun 27 all-day
1857: Birthday of Leonora Piper

Leonora Piper (then Simonds) was born on June 27, 1857 and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Jul
29
Fri
1889: Birthday of Margery Crandon
Jul 29 all-day
1889: Birthday of Margery Crandon

Mysterious rapping, eerie music, otherworldly voices — witnesses ascribed these strange phenomena and others to the historic séances of Margery “Mina” Crandon, one of America’s most celebrated spiritualist mediums. Read more here.

Aug
6
Sat
1874: Birth of Charles Fort
Aug 6 all-day
1874: Birth of Charles Fort

Charles Hoy Fort (August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932) was an American writer and researcher who specialized in anomalous phenomena. The terms Fortean and Forteana are sometimes used to characterize various such phenomena. Fort’s books sold well and are still in print. His work continues to inspire admirers, who refer to themselves as “Forteans,” and has influenced some aspects of science fiction.

Fort’s collections of scientific anomalies, including The Book of the Damned (1919), influenced numerous science fiction writers with their skepticism and as sources of ideas. “Fortean” phenomena are events which seem to challenge the boundaries of accepted scientific knowledge, and the Fortean Times (founded as The News in 1973 and renamed in 1976) investigates such phenomena.

Aug
12
Fri
1831: Birth of Madame Blavatsky
Aug 12 all-day
1831: Birth of Madame Blavatsky

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, often known as Madame Blavatsky; was a Russian occultist, philosopher, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. She gained an international following as the leading theoretician of Theosophy, the esoteric movement that the society promoted. Read more about Madame Blavatsky here.

Sep
23
Fri
1838: Birthdate of Victoria Woodhull
Sep 23 all-day
1838: Birthdate of Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927), a medium and carnival show clairvoyant, was the first woman-owned Wall Street brokerage house, the first woman to address a Congressional committee and the first woman to run for president. She championed free love, believed that marriage was institutionalized slavery and supported paid sex work.

Oct
3
Mon
1804: Birth of Allan Kardec
Oct 3 all-day
1804: Birth of Allan Kardec

Allen Kardec, the 19th Century founder of “Spiritism” and a man who changed the course of Latin American religious movements, was born on October 3, 1804.

Nov
1
Tue
1941: Death of Margery Crandon
Nov 1 all-day
1941: Death of Margery Crandon

Mysterious rapping, eerie music, otherworldly voices — witnesses ascribed these strange phenomena and others to the historic séances of Margery “Mina” Crandon, one of America’s most celebrated spiritualist mediums. Read more here.

Nov
8
Tue
1847: Birthdate of Bran Stoker
Nov 8 all-day
1847: Birthdate of Bran Stoker

Abraham Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula.