Ben Flies a Kite

Today in History, June 10: 1752 – Long before he was one of our Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin was a successful businessman, and due to early financial security, had the time for his passion as a scientist and inventor. 

Through the 1740’s he experimented with electricity, one of his inventions being the lightning rod to protect buildings and ships, still in use today. 

On this day he performed his famous experiment of flying a kite with a key attached which connected to a Leyden Jar to prove lightning conducted electicity. 

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