Ben Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s a time when there was much unknown about electricity.  He spent most of the decade conducting experiments and on June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite is struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning.  He coined a number of terms used today, including battery, conductor and electrician. He also invented the lightning rod, used to protect buildings and ships.

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  1. Birgit says:

    He was a great inventor and a great mind! There is so many layers to this man and I didn’t realize this happened on this date.

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