This Day In History - Ben Franklin Flies Kite During Thunderstorm 1752

Ben Franklin Flies Kite During Thunderstorm 1752

Saturday, June 10, 2023

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Event Description

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.

Event Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania