Washington DC

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… Continue reading The Ouija Board gets its patent

Germany · Religion

Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

January 2, 1621 Quedlinburg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (current day Germany) Heinrich Rosenzweig kills his wife and six children with a sword and axe Rosenzweig was a Jew in a time and place that saw much antisemitism, so the validity of the account is debatable. The woodcut-illustrated account of the murder reports Rosenzweig, a wealthy… Continue reading Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

Germany

“Hitler’s Jewish Psychic” found dead

April 7, 1933 Berlin, Germany Clairvoyant, occultist, hypnotist, and illusionist Erik Jan Hanussen, sometimes referred to as "Hitler's Jewish Psychic," is found dead Hanussen rose to fame as a clairvoyant after predicting the Reichstag fire in February of 1933, an arson attack in the Reichstag building housing German parliament. However, this prediction was possibly less… Continue reading “Hitler’s Jewish Psychic” found dead