you're not sure what to do today then pop on your party hat because
it's Benjamin Franklin's Birthday! This man did so many good
things in his life that he'll never be forgotten. Let's get
into celebrating Benjamin Franklin's Birthday!
WHY IS THIS A
While today might technically not be a holiday, Benjamin
Franklin did so many amazing things in his life that he deserves to
have his birthday celebrated until the end of time. Ben was
in Boston, Massachusetts on this day in 1706. He actually didn't
graduate from school, but continued to drain tons of books of their
knowledge in an attempt to self educate. He became an
to his brother in a printing shop, but left his apprenticeship without
permission and ran off to Philadelphia at the age of 17.
eventually set up a group called Junto; a discussion group who loved
reading books. Books were hard to come by in those days so Ben set up a
subscription library that became the Library Company of Philadelphia.
The Junto group members would pool together funds to buy new books and
this company is still a great research library today! And in
1733, Ben Franklin started publishing the Poor Richard's Almanack under
the pseudonym Richard Saunders. But ol' Benjamin was more than just a
book worm; he was an inventor too! He invented the lightning
to keep buildings from catching on fire if they were struck by
He invented the Franklin stove for more
efficient heating. He invented bifocal glasses so that he
have to switch back and forth between glasses in his old age.
he wasn't greedy; he didn't patent any of his inventions! He wanted
everyone to be able to freely use what he invented. He even
mapped out charts of the oceanic currents in the Atlantic Ocean to help
ships be able to travel through the water quicker. And can you believe
that most people ignored his charts for the longest time? And
just brushing the surface here... he even played the violin, harp and
guitar! So you can see why I believe that this man's birth
be celebrated for many years to come.
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you could try your best
to use a handful of his inventions or at least look into the process
involved in their creation. Or you could brush up on Benjamin
Franklin's life; I'm sure you'll learn things about this man that
you've never heard of before. He did so much in his life that
literally have to write a book to be able to include all the
details. His life is a great motivator for all to get out
and try to improve things. Or you could dress up as him and
prance around town if you like. I'm sure everyone would get a
kick out of that!
Or you could read what his thirteen
virtues were and try to live by them yourself; at least for today ;).
Or heck, cruise on over to a store while you listen to an old
Puff Daddy tune in preparation to spend your own Benjamin-faced bill on
something you need. To B. Frank., I hope you have a great day!