Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943)
Tesla is regarded as one of the greatest inventors in modern history. If you have electricity in your home (or a dynamo on your bicycle), or if you just went for an X-ray, you ought to wish him a happy birthday.
Although Tesla revolutionized the world with his inventions, he died poor and in debt. This was mainly because he wasn’t much of a business man. Others, like Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (among many), took advantage of that.
Here’s a short, 3-minute video on the history of Nikola Tesla: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEJNJ0rFSe8
Or, if you want it in rap-battle format (Tesla vs. Edison), click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Mz7kGVf0
Happy birthday, Tesla, and thanks for all the cool stuff! 🙂