Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. He died on April 17, 1790. During that time he was one of our founding fathers, an author, and politician. And his clam to fame beside all of that is he did something so simple, yet it changed the world.
On June 15,1752 unaware that French scientist Thomas-Francois Dalibard had extracted sparks from a rain cloud 36 days earlier, Benjamin Franklin set out to do the same thing. He tied a key to a kite string and flying the kite in the middle of a rainstorm he even knew that if a bolt of lightning hit him he could die. But he did not die and he proved that lightning was electrical. He later invented the lightning rod. That invention would save lives and houses since metal is a conductor. The lightning would hit the rod that led to the ground and no damage occurs.