April 24, 2013 |
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that a newly designed $100 bill would begin circulating in October, more than two years after the initial target date. The $100 bill, a prime target for counterfeiters, will in its new version feature advanced security features such as a blue 3-D ribbon running through the middle and a disappearing image of the Liberty Bell. Benjamin Franklin's face will still be printed off-center on the front of the bill. The new note was originally slated to begin circulating in 2011, but problems including unwanted creases in bills delayed production until this year.
September 25, 2012 |
As if surviving the American Revolution and helping draft the Declaration of Independence weren't hard enough, officials say Benjamin Franklin endured weeks on the road in the hands of a former housekeeper accused of stealing him -- or a bust of him at least -- from a former client's home. The bust of Franklin, valued at $3 million, was found in a gunny sack as the alleged thief stepped off a bus in Maryland earlier this month, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported . Other stolen items were also found, the newspaper said, including a conductor's baton linked to a famous cellist.
July 26, 2010 |
On this day 226 years ago — July 26, 1784 — Benjamin Franklin considered whether society was in need of a "remedy for luxury" in a letter to his trusted advisor, Benjamin Vaughn. In it, Franklin methodically argued against such a need. The current growing clamor for the regulation of wealth makes Franklin's thoughts on the matter relevant today. Consider President Obama's now infamous off-script muttering that "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." Many have argued that this statement is emblematic of larger anti-wealth, anti-luxury tendencies in the administration's agenda.
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January 4, 2010 |
Paul M. Zall, a research scholar at the Huntington Library in San Marino and a professor at Cal State L.A. who examined the lives and humor of early American presidents and leaders, often using their own words, has died. He was 87. Zall died Dec. 16 of natural causes at his home in South Pasadena, said his son Andy. "No one at the Huntington was more helpful to me," said Ronald C. White Jr., a fellow at the library. White, who has written three books about President Lincoln, including 2009's "A. Lincoln: A Biography," said Zall over the years shared with him notes and expertise, an example of his "generosity of spirit.
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April 24, 2009 |
Alan Houston, a political science professor at UC San Diego, had come to the end of a trip to London to research a book about Benjamin Franklin. He thought he might spend the day having fun with friends, but decided to make one more visit to the British Library. In his last request for documents, he stumbled on something unexpected: a letter written by Franklin and copied by a British literary figure named Thomas Birch. Houston had never seen it. Not believing his eyes, he looked for more.
April 8, 2006 |
When it comes to literary mysteries, the death of Benjamin Franklin's library is not exactly a whodunit. Scholars already know the collection was killed by his grandson, William Temple Franklin, who inherited most of the books and sold them for cash. The real crime, historians say, is that there's no surviving inventory of the 4,276 volumes -- a list that could provide valuable insight into Franklin's life.