This Day In Spiritualist History

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.

Nov
14
Mon
1849: First Séance for Paying Public
Nov 14 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
Sun
1847: Fox Family Moves to Hydesville, NY
Dec 11 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.

Mar
18
Sat
1891: Birth of Manly P. Hall
Mar 18 all-day

Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer and mystic Manly Hall  was born on March 18, 1891. 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.  See a video about Manly Hall at this link.

Mar
28
Tue
1886: First Reference to Ouija Board
Mar 28 all-day
1886: First Reference to Ouija Board

According to Mitch Horowitz, author of the critically acclaimed Occult America,the origins of the device known today as the Ouija Board can be traced back to the late 19th Century — although not reliably further back than that.  Horowitz cites a March 28, 1886 article appearing in the Sunday supplement of the New York Daily Tribune entitled “A Mysterious Talking Board and Table over Which Northern Ohio is Agitated.” The article included an illustration and description of an early talking board very similar to today’s version.

Mar
31
Fri
1848: First American Séance
Mar 31 all-day

On March 31, 1848 — a watershed date in American séance history —  Kate and Margaret, just 12 and 15 years old,  conducted the first American séance.

1869: Death of Allan Kardec
Mar 31 all-day
1869: Death of Allan Kardec

Allen Kardec, the 19th Century founder of “Spiritism” and a man who changed the course of Latin American religious movements, died on March 31, 1869.

Guest Post:  How Kardec Influenced Afro-Latin Spiritual Systems

Apr
17
Mon
1934: Death of Benjamin Rucker
Apr 17 all-day
1934: Death of Benjamin Rucker

Professor Black Herman died on April 17, 1934, while on tour in Louisville, Kentucky.  In an obituary, The New York Age, a leading African American newspaper, described him as one of Harlem’s most colorful characters — a magician, seer, herb specialist and fortune teller; a man who, among his followers, “had risen to the standing of god whom they expect to rise out of his grave.”

Apr
20
Thu
1912: Death of Bran Stoker
Apr 20 all-day
1912:  Death 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.