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Ben Franklin’s Kite

Ben Franklin’s Kite

Jun 15, 2012

Although the exact date isn’t known, it is traditionally held that on June 15, 1752 Ben Franklin successfully demonstrated that lightning is an electric phenomenon. Mr. Franklin described the legendary kite experiment in his own words in a letter to Peter Collinson written in October 1752: Ben Franklin’s letter describing the kite experiment:...