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The "My Hero" Project

The purpose of the "My Hero" Project is to provide positive role models for people, especially children. The article I just posted is by Katie Cowen, who regards the inventor Nikola Tesla as her hero. His birthday is today, and maybe also tomorrow, too.

Go to the following address, to learn more about the project, how you can participate, etc.

http://myhero.com/myhero/go/directory/index.asp

I'd been thinking that Tesla's birthday was tomorrow, until I looked at Pip Wilson's blog for today, and he said it's today.

At first I thought that was because Pip is in Australia, and it's already "tomorrow," (July 10), over there. However, because Tesla was born at Midnight, his birthday could be either, or both, days. Here's what Pip wrote:

1856 Tesla: almost-forgotten genius

Nikola Tesla (d. January 7, 1943), the Serb-American electrical engineer, inventor of the alternating current (AC) motor, was born on this day at Smiljan, Lika, "at the stroke of midnight" with lightning striking during a summer storm. The midwife commented, "He'll be a child of the storm," to which his mother replied, "No, of light."

He was a great genius whose luck was not as great as his abilities, and for many years his name was almost completely lost to public knowledge ...

Read more about each item at today's date, or find birthdays:

http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book_of_days.html

Tesla's birthplace, Smiljan, Lika, reminds me of a place named "Siljan," in Sweden. Wikipedia says this about it:

"The Siljan Ring is a ring of lakes in Sweden that traces the remnants of a eroded meteorite crater. With a diameter of 55 km, the Siljan is the largest impact crater in Europe."

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Siljan_Ring



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