April 17, 1790: Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at the age of 84. Pinpointing just one of Franklin’s many achievements is a difficult task. Born in Boston, he learned the printing trade from his half-brother and began working in Philadelphia in 1723. He wrote and published “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” a periodical that spawned such phrases as “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Franklin also was involved in civic duties, helping to establish Philadelphia’s first library, fire company and police force. He invented many items still used today, including bifocal glasses and the lightning rod. Notably, he also helped to draft the Declaration of Independence.