- Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. He lived 85 years.
- Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., was also a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
- Benjamin Franklin organised and was the first secretary of the American Philosophical Society. He was elected president in 1769.
- Benjamin Franklin wrote "Fart Proudly", a scientific essay about farts.
- Benjamin Franklin published a paper saying America's population growth was so fast, it would surpass Britain in 100 years. This alarmed British leadership and was a factor in their oppression of the colonies.
- Benjamin Franklin was an advocate of "air baths", during which he would spend up to an hour reading or writing in his house completely naked.
- Benjamin Franklin
- the bifocals eyeglasses
- in 1784.
- Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his inventions. He reasoned that "we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously."
- At the age of 11, Benjamin Franklin invented a pair of swim fins. He was later recognized by his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
- Benjamin Franklin was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Benjamin Franklin received honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale universities.
- In recognition of his work with electricity, Benjamin Franklin received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1753.
- Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, begun in 1771 but published after his death, has become one of the classics of the genre.
- In 1734, Benjamin Franklin edited and published the first Masonic book in the Americas.
- Benjamin Franklin's last words were,
- "A dying man can do nothing easy."
- In 1785, Benjamin Franklin was the richest person in the United States.
- Benjamin Franklin proposed a phonetic alphabet that got rid of the letters C,J, Q, W, X, and Y, but the American public refused to adopt it.