Benjamin Franklin dies at 85: Upon the death of a prominent American, we are favored with the following short account of Franklin's last illness, by his friend and physician, Dr Jones.
While Benjamin Franklin may be known for 'Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,' that wasn't his only insight on the subject of sleep. In the summer of 1786, he wrote this, 'The Art of Procuring Pleasant Dreams.'
Who else would you turn to in order to build a better (electrical) mousetrap in the early 20th century? Nikola Tesla would end up filing a US Patent for his improvements on Ben Franklin's almost 200-year-old lightning rod design.