A Brief History
This article presents a calendar of historical paranormal events that allegedly occurred in January!
On January 1, 1773, the all familiar hymn “Amazing Grace” was performed for the first time at a church service in England.
On January 2, 533, Mercurius, son of Projectus, a Roman priest was elected Pope by the Catholic Church.
On January 3, 1521, Roman Catholic (Augustinian) priest and reformer Martin Luther was ex-communicated from the church by Pope Leo X.
On January 3, 2018, supernatural horror fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Insidious: The Last Key at 7:00 PM at Atlas Eastgate in Mayfield Heights, Ohio!
On January 5, 2000, witnesses, of whom at least 5 were police officers, observed a triangular UFO over the American state of Illinois.
On January 5, 2018, the fourth movie in the Insidious horror movie series makes its opening across the US, bringing the familiar character, ghost buster Elise Rainier, back into play in a battle against evil.
On January 7, 1948, a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot met his death trying to intercept a UFO!
On January 8, 1981, a close encounter with a UFO left actual physical evidence!
On January 11, 2018, documentary fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception at 7:00 PM at Regal Richmond Town Square Stadium 20 in Richmond Heights, Ohio!
On January 12, 2006, during the ceremony associated with the final day of the Hajj (annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) 362 Muslim pilgrims were stampeded to death in a sudden movement of the vast crowd.
On January 19, 1913, the Holly Hotel in Holly, Michigan burned for the first time!
On January 21, 1535, in the aftermath of “The Affair of the Placards,” French Protestants were burned at the stake in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
On January 23, 1897, Elva Zona Heaster, about 24 years old, was found dead, later proven to have been murdered by her husband through her own ghost’s testimony!
On January 25, 2014, an unknown thief or thieves stole a reliquary from an Italian mountainside chapel containing a piece of the bloodied robe Pope John Paul II had been wearing when he had gotten shot during the failed 1981 assassination attempt on his life.
On January 29, 1967, the “hippie” counterculture scene melded with Hare Krishna at the Mantra-Rock Dance in San Francisco, later referred to as “the ultimate high.”
On January 30, 2018, evil runs in the family in the first trailer for writer and director Ari Aster’s Hereditary, a 2018 American horror film that premiered on January 21, 2018 at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section.
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For more information, please see…
Clarke, Roger. Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015.