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Good Monday morning everyone!

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, when much was still unknown on the topic – He spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms we use today, including battery, conductor, and electrician. He is also the inventor of the lightning rod.