This Day In Spiritualist History

May
28
Tue
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.

Jul
7
Sun
1930: Death date of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jul 7 all-day
1930: Death date of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both the creator of Sherlock Holmes and an influential supporter of the #Spiritualist movement. In the rare newsreel footage found here , Sir Arthur speaks about both. 

Mar
3
Mon
1920: The El Cerrito Incident
Mar 3 all-day
1920: The El Cerrito Incident

Seven people — men, women and a teen-aged girl — barricade themselves in a home located in El Cerrito, California as they spend days consulting Ouija boards. By all accounts they went insane in the process.  One of the then-crazed women warned surrounding police to stay back lest her husband — then dead three months — started killing. A priest was summoned. Doors were broken down.

 Largely forgotten today, the March 3, 1920 police scene in a small community just outside Berkeley, California has been described as one of the most unusual occult incidents ever investigated by California authorities. A documented case of Ouija-inspired mass hysteria, the incident generated front-page headlines, attracted the attention of medical professionals and prompted calls for reform legislation.

Mar
28
Fri
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.

May
22
Thu
1859: Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
May 22 all-day
1859: Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both the creator of Sherlock Holmes and an influential supporter of the #Spiritualist movement. In the rare newsreel footage found here, Sir Arthur speaks about both. 

May
28
Wed
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.

Jul
7
Mon
1930: Death date of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jul 7 all-day
1930: Death date of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both the creator of Sherlock Holmes and an influential supporter of the #Spiritualist movement. In the rare newsreel footage found here , Sir Arthur speaks about both. 

Mar
3
Tue
1920: The El Cerrito Incident
Mar 3 all-day
1920: The El Cerrito Incident

Seven people — men, women and a teen-aged girl — barricade themselves in a home located in El Cerrito, California as they spend days consulting Ouija boards. By all accounts they went insane in the process.  One of the then-crazed women warned surrounding police to stay back lest her husband — then dead three months — started killing. A priest was summoned. Doors were broken down.

 Largely forgotten today, the March 3, 1920 police scene in a small community just outside Berkeley, California has been described as one of the most unusual occult incidents ever investigated by California authorities. A documented case of Ouija-inspired mass hysteria, the incident generated front-page headlines, attracted the attention of medical professionals and prompted calls for reform legislation.

Mar
28
Sat
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.

May
22
Fri
1859: Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
May 22 all-day
1859: Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both the creator of Sherlock Holmes and an influential supporter of the #Spiritualist movement. In the rare newsreel footage found here, Sir Arthur speaks about both.