With a thunderstorm raging outside, on June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin decided to fly a kite. He had been studying electricity since the 1740s and had performed several experiments. One of his most well-known experiments was catching a charge in a Leyden jar when his kite was struck by lightning.
Born in Boston, Franklin was a true American achiever. His accomplishments in American history are many including successful businessman and statesman. One of the founding fathers, he is noted as the only politician to have signed all four documents instrumental in the creation of the United States.
Benjamin Franklin is also remembered for his Poor Richard’s Almanac which contained proverbs that are still quoted today.