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…

Man executed for the assassination of President Garfield

June 30, 1882 Washington, DC Charles Julius Guiteau is hanged for the assassination of President James A. Garfield Guiteau had previously applied for many government positions, including ambassador to Paris, but had been rejected for them all, angering Guiteau. He took a .442 Webley caliber British Bulldog revolver — choosing one with ivory grips rather…

FLW: electricity in his head

Famous Last Words Benjamin Snell Washington, DC June 29, 1900 "Oh, I'll smother with that on. I've got electricity in my head now." Benjamin Snell stood at 6'6" and weighed in at over 300 lbs. He had been convicted of killing Lizzie Weisenberger, a 13-year-old neighbor whom he had hired as a live-in friend for…