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Week of January 14, 2002


Happy Birthday Ben!!!
Celebrate Ben Franklin's Birthday on January 17 (1706)
P.S. Happy Birthday to Robert E. Lee whose birthday is almost 101 years after Ben's -- January 19, 1807.


"There never was a good war or a bad peace." -- Ben Franklin wrote in a letter to Josiah Qunicy on September 11, 1783.

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Study break for Ben! Ben spent the day at an elementary school library reading with children. His favorite book was about Ben Franklin. What is your favorite book?

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The Ben Franklin Book of Easy & Incredible Experiments: A Franklin Institute Science Museum Book

If you like to experiment, you'll love this Hands-on Experiment Book. From the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, you can recreate the famous experiments of Ben Franklin in the same way he did - by performing experiments! Just follow the easy-to-understand instructions, and soon you'll be an incredible scientist just like Ben.

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Question:
True or False:
Ben Franklin is pictured on the $100 bill.

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Did you know Ben Franklin proved lightning is electricity when he flew a kite with a key in a thunderstorm?

Yes, Ben Franklin performed his famous kite and key experiment in 1752, with his son, William. This experiment led to Ben's invention of the lightning rod the following year.


Ben Franklin flying a kite & key during a thunderstorm

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Benjamin Franklin is my hero. In school, I learned about Franklin's contributions as a Founding Father. Then I learned more about Ben Franklin's life. He was a fascinating person with many, many talents and interests. He was a writer, printer, scientist, and inventor just to name a few. He also had a great sense of humor. We need more Ben Franklin's in the world. -- Maggie C. from Houston.

Ben Franklin

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Question:
During the Revolutionary War, did Benjamin Franklin live in Britain and represent the colonies?

Answer:
No. Before the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin lived in London, England, and represented the colonies of Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. However, during the American Revolution (1775-1783), Franklin lived in Paris, France, and rallied French support for America's cause.

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Question:
True or False:
Ben Franklin is pictured on the $100 bill.

Answer:
True.
Ben Franklin is pictured on the $100 bill, and Independence Hall is on the back. Here is a list of other pictures on U.S. currency:

$1: George Washington and the word "ONE" and the Great Seal of the United States
$2: Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
$5: Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial
$10: Alexander Hamilton and the U.S. Treasury
$20: Andrew Jackson and the White House
$50: Ulysses S. Grant and the U.S. Capitol

       

 

 

 


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