Daily Almanac for Sunday, January 17, 2020

Born on this date in 1706,
Benjamin Franklin painting from 1778 By Joseph Duplessis, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S BIRTHDAY

Benjamin Franklin, born on January 17, 1706, not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture. To demonstrate the value of gypsum as fertilizer, he applied it to a field in a pattern that spelled out, “This land has been plastered.” Sure enough, clover in the fertilized area exhibited more vigorous growth.

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