Pat Shingleton: "A 'Shocker' in Philadelphia"
Ben Franklin is recognized as an inventor that, include his experiments with lightning. He was inspired by other inventors and scientists, especially French academic, Thomas Dalibard who actually performed the first lightning experiment. Franklin desired to duplicate Dalibard's experiment and did so from Philadelphia's Christ Church on October 19, 1752. According to his diary, Franklin made a cross of two light sticks, reaching the four corners of a hankerchief. Attached to the top of the stick was a sharp, pointed wire; to the end of the twine, silk ribbon and a key. The exact location of Franklin's experiment places it possibly in mid-June in a now vacant lot near the intersection of Eighteenth and Spring streets in Philadelphia.