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Today in History: June 10

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 13: Benjamin Franklin flying a kite in thunderstorm as an experiment in electricity and lightning, United States, 1752. Courtesy US Department of Energy. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

1752: Franklin flies kite during thunderstorm

As part of his famous experiment, Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm while keeping himself and the end of the string dry to protect himself from being electrocuted. He was able to collect a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite was struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning.

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