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Old 01-27-2006, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday

It would be disgraceful if we were to forget Ben Franklin. Among his many achievements, he was a noted printer.

Born January 17, 1706* in Boston. Apprenticed to his printer brother at 12. At 17, he went to Philadelphia and, at 22 (1728), opened his own printing company. The rest of that, as they say, is history!

Anyway, we couldn’t let January pass without remembering this extraordinary man.

* If you see January 6, 1706 listed in some articles about Franklin it is because England (and its colonies) didn’t adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752, after Franklin’s birth. The Gregorian calendar had been adopted in Catholic countries in 1582, so it took England a while to make the change. I have no idea why some references say he was born January 16; maybe a typo?

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