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5 Amazing Inventions by Benjamin Franklin (American Revolution and Founding Era)

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Benjamin Franklin was many things, including printer, businessman, postmaster, philosopher, diplomat, and statesman. He was also a scientist and inventor. As a scientist, Franklin helped drive the American Enlightenment, charted the Atlantic Gulf Stream, and contributed greatly to the study of physics and electricity. As an inventor, Franklin is probably best known for the bifocals and the Franklin Stove. In this video from The Discovery Lists, we see five of Franklin's most amazing inventions.

Do you agree with the video? Let us know in the comments.


For more on Ben Franklin, check out The First American by H.W. Brands.

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Remember the Alamo!-even 179 years later (Military History)

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Today, March 6, marks the 179th anniversary of the ending of the siege at the Alamo in Texas. This event has gone down in American mythology as a stirring sacrifice for liberty against a repressive Mexican government. The battle and site are etched in Texas memory, being regarded as the cradle of Texas liberty, akin to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The siege lasted about two weeks, with a handful of Texans (numbers vary from 185-260) battling the Mexican army, led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who commanded 1800 men. The Texans held out against the odds ...

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71st Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid (Naval History Blog)

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April 18th, 1942

Launching of the Doolittle Raid

        Seventy one years ago, the first American air raid on Japan was made, a little more than four months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The raid, for which Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle earned the Medal of Honor, was instrumental in lifting American morale at the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War II.  In acknowledgement of the 65th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the April 2007 issue of Proceedings included an article by Barrett Tillman, which documented the origins of the raid and its influence on American performance in the war.  ...

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Anniversary of the Establishment of the Naval Academy (Naval History Blog)

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Fort Severn, 1845, as Naval School: (1) Officers' Quarters, (2) "The Abbey," (3) Mess hall, kitchen, and recitation hall, (4) "Apollo Row," (5) "Rowdy Row," (6) "Brandywine Cottage," (7) "Gas House," (8) Superintendent's house, (9) Gate house, (10) Row of poplar trees, (11) Superintendent's and Professors' offices, (12) Old mulberry tree, (13) Fort Severn, (14) Site of practice battery

The Naval Academy was established at Annapolis, Maryland on August 15, 1845, on the former site of Fort Severn. The following article was published in the October, 1935 issue of Proceedings, which was dedicated to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the ...

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Waterloo being Prepared for Anniversary (About.com European History)

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A few years ago, I reported on Russia clearing the site of the Battle of Borodino in preparation for the double centenary commemorations. This was the battlefield where Napoleon won a pyrrhic victory over Russia, and now another Napoleonic battle site is being spruced up. Waterloo was where Napoleon's hopes were finally ended by an allied coalition, and bulldozers are moving in to remove unwanted buildings and parking areas to improve the sight of the battlefield, which still receives 300,000 tourists a year. Paul Furlan, a tourism minister in Belgium, explained to AP: "We want to bring authenticity back ...

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Big Ideas in a Small State: Roger Williams and the 375th Anniversary of the Founding of Providence, Rhode Island (RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY)

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Linford D. Fisher

Well, you missed it. But you’re not alone. I’m talking about the 375th anniversary of the founding of Providence that took place last year, in 2011. The city put forth a valiant effort to celebrate this historical moment, but frankly, even as someone who works in Providence, the year slipped by for me with relatively little fanfare. There was some elation back in June, however, when the city archivist re-discovered the 1648 charter for Providence, which had apparently been lost (mis-filed, really) for decades. Throughout 2011, the city also hosted a series of events, including the ...

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50th Anniversary of the Roswell Incident (American History Blog)

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In early July, 1947, a sheep rancher near Roswell, New Mexico, found pieces of strange metal foil littering his land.  The material was unlike anything he had ever seen.  Officials at a nearby air-force base said the debris was from a weather balloon.   But some people didn't believe it.  They claimed the metal was from an alien spacecraft that had crashed to earth.  The government, they said, was hiding the evidence.

The alleged crash and cover-up of a UFO (unidentified flying object) became known as the Roswell Incident.  By the time the 50th anniversary ...

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50th Anniversary of Navy SEAL Teams (Naval History Blog)

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January 1st, 1962 Commissioning  of SEAL Teams ONE and TWO         January 1st, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of the first Navy SEAL teams.  At the same time of the SEAL commissionings, the Navy also recommissioned Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 22.  The Navy’s renewed committment to these amphibious forces was commemorated in the [...]

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70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor (Naval History Blog)

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December 7th, 1941 The Japanese Attack  Pearl Harbor         2011 marks the 70-year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the beginning of American involvement in World War II.  In December 1972, Proceedings published a first-hand retrospective of the event, written by a Naval Academy graduate and professor, who also served as Executive Secretary [...]

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Happy Anniversary to the Lincolns (American Presidents Blog)

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Today in 1842, Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln were wed. I found this information on their wedding to share (there is much more at the link if you want to explore):
Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married at the Edwards' home on Friday evening, November 4, 1842. About 30 relatives and friends, all hastily invited, attended the ceremony which was conducted by Reverend Dresser who was wearing canonical robes. Mary wore a lovely white muslin dress. She wore neither a veil nor flowers in her hair.

Mary's bridesmaids were Julia M. Jayne (in 1843 she married Lyman Trumbull ...

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Anniversary of the Surrender at Yorktown (About.com American History)

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Today marks the surrender of the British at Yorktown in 1781. This event ended the American Revolution. While the war lasted from 1775 until 1781, the roots of the war can be traced to the economic and military policies set in place after the French and Indian War (1754-1763).


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Silver Anniversary of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Commissioning (Naval History Blog)

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September 25th, 1961 Commissioning of USS Enterprise (CVN-65)         Fifty years ago USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was commissioned.  The biggest ship in the world at the time, Enterprise was certainly unique.  However, as  an article in the May 1961 issue of Proceedings noted, the name of such a unique ship was hardly new.  Instead, Enterprise [...]

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Iceland honours 1000th Anniversary (About.com European History)

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According to an Icelandic Saga, central character Njáll and his family was burnt to death in a fire on his farm one thousand years ago this year. To commemorate the event, the Icelandic Saga Center is organising a range of events, including a lecture series to discuss the saga, an art exhibition, and for all you pyromaniacs out there, a major Bunring of Njáll Festival which will end with a recreation of the farm being burnt. This story was sourced from the Iceland Review Online.

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1883 — American Anti-Slavery Society Anniversary by John G. Whittier

Oak Knoll, Danvers, Mass.,
11th mo., 30, 1883.

I need not say how gladly I would be with you at the semi-centennial of the American Anti-slavery Society. I am, I regret to say, quite unable to gratify this wish, and can only represent myself by a letter.

Looking back over the long years of half a century, I can scarcely realize the conditions under which the convention of 1833 assembled. Slavery was predominant. Like Apollyon in Pilgrim’s Progress, it “straddled over the whole breadth of the way.” Church and state, press and pulpit, business interests, literature, and fashion were prostrate at its feet. Our convention, with few exceptions, was composed of men without influence or position, poor and little known, strong only in their convictions and faith in the justice of their cause. To onlookers our endeavor to undo the evil work of two centuries and convert a nation to the “great renunciation” involved in emancipation must have seemed absurd in the last degree. Our voices in such an atmosphere found no echo. We could look for no response but laughs of derision or the missiles of a mob.

But we felt that we had the strength of truth on our side; we were right, and all the world about us was wrong. We had faith, hope, and enthusiasm, and did our work, nothing doubting, amidst a generation who first despised and then feared and hated us. For myself I have never ceased to be grateful to the Divine Providence for the privilege of taking a part in that work.

And now for more than twenty years we have had a free country. No slave treads its soil. The anticipated dangerous consequences of complete emancipation have not been felt. I he emancipated class, as a whole, have done wisely and well under circumstances of peculiar difficulty. The masters have learned that cotton can be raised better by free than by slave labor, and nobody now wishes a return to slave-holding. Sectional prejudices are subsiding, the bitterness of the civil war is slowly passing away. We are beginning to feel that we are one people, with no really clashing interests, and none more truly rejoice in the growing prosperity of the South than the old abolitionists, who hated slavery as a curse to the master as well as to the slave.

In view of this commemorative semi-centennial occasion, many thoughts crowd upon me; memory recalls vanished faces and voices long hushed. Of those who acted with me in the convention fifty years ago nearly all have passed into another state of being. We who remain must soon follow; we have seen the fulfilment of our desire; we have outlived scorn and persecution; the lengthening shadows invite us to rest. If, in looking back, we feel that we sometimes erred through impatient zeal in our contest with a great wrong, we have the satisfaction of knowing that we were influenced by no merely selfish considerations. The low light of our setting sun shines over a free, united people, and our last prayer shall be for their peace, prosperity, and happiness.