This Day in History: 06/10/1752 - Franklin flies kite during thunderstorm - HISTORY

This Day in History: 06/10/1752 - Franklin flies kite during thunderstorm

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In This Day in History video clip: On this day in 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. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. 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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