| This Year In|
- 1850-1900: Growing interest in the occult and spiritualism, combined with the rise of the Theosophist movement, results in a weakening of the scientific paradigm and an increase in the number of recruits for the Traditions.
- Mormons apply to become part of the United States as the sovereign State of Deseret, but the government refuses and creates the Territory of Utah, with Brigham Young as governor.
- January 15: The Honorable Sir Anthony Wainwright sends a message (presumably to other Conventions) regarding the Difference Engineers and their certainty that within 30 years a new technology will appear and be installed in every home.
- October 27: Paris newspaper Presse publishes an article by M. Jules Allix, regarding the discovery of inventor M. Jacques Toussaint Benoit and his friend in America M. Biat-Chretien, of a new system of instantaneous thought communication utilizing snails and their connection to the "galvano-terrestrial-magnetic-animal and adamic force."