Electrical pioneer Tesla honoured
Most of the speeches emphasised the fact that Tesla symbolized Croatia's and Serbia's shared past before the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. "There were not many individuals from this region who reached the top by their vision and ideas, but those who did are our joint treasure," the Serbian president said in his address. "Both Serbia and Croatia had many great moments in history, as well as great men who marked our joint past." The scientist once famously stated that he was equally proud of his Serb origin and Croatian homeland. Officials opened a Tesla memorial complex, including a museum inside his restored childhood home. Tesla moved to the United States at the age of 28 where he carried out the majority of his inventions. Despite his success, he died penniless in New York at the age of 86. (BBC News)
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