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Joke of the Day

A tour bus load full of noisy tourists arrives at Runnymede, England.
They gather around the guide who says, "This is the spot where the barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta."
A man pushing his way to the front of the crowd asks, "When did that happen?"
"1215," answers the guide.
The man looks at his watch and says, "Shoot! Just missed it by a half hour!"

Today in History
1752 Franklin flies kite during thunderstorm

On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms used today, including battery, conductor and electrician. He also invented the lightning rod, used to protect buildings and ships.

Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, to a candle and soap maker named Josiah Franklin, who fathered 17 children, and his wife Abiah Folger. Franklin’s formal education ended at age 10 and he went to work as an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. In 1723, following a dispute with his brother, Franklin left Boston and ended up in Philadelphia, where he found work as a printer. Following a brief stint as a printer in London, Franklin returned to Philadelphia and became a successful businessman, whose publishing ventures included the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard’sAlmanack, a collection of homespun proverbs advocating hard work and honesty in order to get ahead. The almanac, which Franklin first published in 1733 under the pen name Richard Saunders, included such wisdom as: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Whether or not Franklin followed this advice in his own life, he came to represent the classic American overachiever. In addition to his accomplishments in business and science, he is noted for his numerous civic contributions. Among other things, he developed a library, insurance company, city hospital and academy in Philadelphia that would later become the University of Pennsylvania.

Most significantly, Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States and had a career as a statesman that spanned four decades. He served as a legislator in Pennsylvania as well as a diplomat in England and France. He is the only politician to have signed all four documents fundamental to the creation of the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris (1783), which established peace with Great Britain, and the U.S. Constitution (1787).

Franklin died at age 84 on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia. He remains one of the leading figures in U.S. history.

Verse of the Week
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. —Psalm 71:18

In the beautiful hymn entitled, "O Sacred Head," the final verse ends with this plea: "Lord, let me never, never, outlive my love to thee." To this sentiment we want to add one other: "Lord, let me never, never, die until the next generation knoweth thee!"

Born on this Day
June 10rh


  • Tara Lipinski, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, figure skater, 1997 World Champ


  • Laurel Korholz, born in La Jolla, California, rower, Olympics-4th-96


  • Vincent Perez, actor, The Crow-City of Angels


  • Gina Gershon, born in Los Angeles, California, actress, film roles include, 'Cocktail', 'Bound', 'Showgirls', author of children's book, 'Camp Creepy Time'


  • F Lee Bailey, born in Waltham, Massachusetts, attorney, Sam Shepard case, OJ case


  • James McDivitt, born in Chicago, Brigadier General USAF/astronaut, Gemini 4, Apollo 9


  • Ruth Graham, born in China, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, author, poet, writer, philanthropist


  • Wilbur J. Cohen, 1st employee of US Social Security System


  • Hattie McDaniel, born in Wichita, 1st African American to win Oscar, 'Gone With The Wind'


  • Frederick A. Cook, U.S., explorer, claimed falsely to be at North Pole


  • Thomas Fentress Toon, Brigadier General Confederate Army


  • John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army