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On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin first published Poor Richard’s Almanack

December 19, 2025

On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin first published Poor Richard’s Almanack under the pseudonym of Richard Saunders. The best-selling almanac contained a calendar and weather predictions (as expected), but also entertained readers with humor pieces, proverbs, poems, and more.

Some of Poor Richard’s proverbs included:

“No gains without pains.” “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” “To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.”

Did you know? The almanac was so popular during its 25-year run that Napoleon ordered its translation into Italian.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, familiar to many Americans today, commemorates Franklin’s almanac with a picture of him on its cover.

Benjamin Franklin, David Martin, 1767

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December 19, 2025
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