Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!In movies and in real life, whenever people talk about large amounts of money, they talk about the Benjamins. This is because of Benjamin Franklin, who is on the $100 bill.
When Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706, no one knew then that he would be famous. People think of Franklin as a genius, but he had only two years of formal schooling. He was apprenticed at age 12, but ran away to Philadelphia at age 17. He took a job as a printer.
Franklin is remembered for being the author of Poor Richard’s Almanack, known for its witty sayings. He apparently flew a kite in a thunderstorm to prove that lightning was electricity. He invented the lightning rod and the Franklin stove, neither of which he patented.
From a historical perspective, Franklin played a role in the American Revolution. He lived in London when George III was crowned king and when Parliament passed the Stamp Act. Franklin signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. During the American Revolution, he spent time in France during which he jokingly suggested the idea of Daylight Saving Time.
Whether it be the movie National Treasure or the television series Liberty’s Kids!, Benjamin Franklin has played a role in pop culture and history. That’s the way it was in the eighteenth century.