Jan 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Ben (Franklin)!

Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday. He was born in Boston in 1706 and contributed a wealth of knowledge and invention to American history.

Known as the author of Poor Richard's Almanac and the inventor of bifocals, he also founded our first public library.
He led a complex life as a writer,inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist,civic leader, international celebrity . . . genius.

Franklin died at the age of 84 and was one of the most extraordinary human beings the world has ever known. With only 3 years of formal schooling, he is a prime example of the benefits of self-education.

You can find information on his life and an eight lesson pdf. download for teachers at PBS.org.


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