This Day In Spiritualist History

May
8
Sat
1891: Death of Madame Blavatsky
May 8 all-day

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, often known as Madame Blavatsky; was a controversial 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.

May
28
Fri
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
27
Sun
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
Thu
1889: Birthday of Margery Crandon
Jul 29 all-day

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.

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

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

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.

Aug
29
Sun
1990: Death of Manly P. Hall
Aug 29 all-day

Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer and mystic Manly Hall  is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Over his 70 year career, he gave thousands of lectures, including two at Carnegie Hall, and published over 150 volumes. In 1934, he founded The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, which he dedicated to the “Truth Seekers of All Time”, with a research library, lecture hall and publishing house. 

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

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.

Nov
14
Sun
1849: First Séance for Paying Public
Nov 14 – Nov 13 all-day
1849: First Séance for Paying Public

On Nov. 14, 1849, Kate and Margaret addressed a sizable audience at the Corinthian Hall in Rochester. This is now marked as the first demonstration of spiritualism before a paying public.

Dec
11
Sat
1847: Fox Family Moves to Hydesville, NY
Dec 11 – Dec 10 all-day
1847: Fox Family Moves to Hydesville, NY

Mrs. Fox had moved into the the tiny Hydesville, New York cottage with the rest of her clan on Dec. 11, 1847.