Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Kite

We have all heard the story about Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm and proving that lightening is electric and the charge it creates can be collected in a Leyden jar.

History purports that this experiment by Franklin took place on June 10, 1752, but there are those who question if Franklin actually ever said that he did the experiment and that instead it may have been more of a thought experiment than a practical test he enacted in reality.

To learn more and decide for yourself read the 2003 New Yorker book review
American Electric Did Franklin fly that kite?