Woman killed in her apartment by serial killer

March 6, 1945Washington, D.C.Nancy Boyer is killed by Joseph Medley in her apartment Medley had been serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in Michigan State Prison for armed robbery and kidnapping when he approached the warden on November 27, 1944. He claimed he wanted to go downstairs to speak with the other inmates and collect…

The Ouija Board gets its patent

February 10, 1891 Washington, D.C., United States Elijah J. Bond's Ouija Board is granted its patent The Ouija Board, considered a "toy or game," at least for the sake of the patent, originally utilized a planchette with tall legs and a pointed end rather than the lower, heart-shaped version with a small window in which…

FLW: sorry to leave his friends

July 9, 1850 Washington, DC President Zachary Taylor dies in office at the age of 65, from ingesting raw fruit and iced milk "I am about to die. I expect the summons very soon. I have tried to discharge all my duties faithfully. I regret nothing, but I am sorry that I am about to…

The co-conspirators behind Lincoln’s assassination are executed

July 7, 1865 Washington, DC The co-conspirators behind the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln — and attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson — are executed Those arrested and hanged for assisting John Wilkes Booth were: David Herold George Atzerodt Mary Surratt, owner of the boarding house in which…