Calendar

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.

Mar
31
Tue
1848: First American Séance
Mar 31 – Mar 30 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.

Apr
17
Fri
1934: Death of Benjamin Rucker
Apr 17 – Apr 16 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.”

May
28
Thu
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
Sat
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.

Nov
14
Sat
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
Fri
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.

Mar
28
Sun
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
Wed
1848: First American Séance
Mar 31 – Mar 30 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.

Apr
17
Sat
1934: Death of Benjamin Rucker
Apr 17 – Apr 16 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.”