Happy Birthday, Tesla: Nikola Tesla was born during a lightning storm at the stroke of midnight on the 10th of July 1856. His midwife exclaimed, “He’ll be a child of the storm,” to which his mother replied, “No, of light.”
Image: A publicity photo taken in 1899 at Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the inventor worked before he established his Wardenclyffe laboratory on Long Island. The photo was a double exposure — his pose and the sparks recorded at different times — helping him avoid electrocution. The “magnifying transmitter” pictured here was said to produce millions of volts of electricity.
Credit: Yugoslav Press and Cultural Center, caption from New York Times.