July 10, 1925–> Monkey Trial
On this day, July 10, of 1925, high school teacher John Thomas Scopes of Dayton, TN, had his trial for violating a state law and taught evolution start. The law, passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” The ACLU came to the defense of Scopes and were pitted against none other than William Jennings Bryan, a devout and fundamentalist Christian. Bryan, while winning the case, became the subject of public ridicule and humiliation after being called to the stand to talk about his extremely literal interpretation of the bible, and would die soon after.
July 10, 1856–> Tesla is Born
Born and raised in the old Austrian Empire on this day, Nikola Tesla was an electrical engineer, genius, pioneer, and general bad ass. Best known for his contributions to the AC current including his famous Tesla Coil, Nikola made a number of enormous contributions to society, including remote controlled vehicles, the rotating magnetic field, the induction motor, and did early and successful research on wireless communications and lighting that would lay the groundwork for future generations. After emigrating to the US, Tesla worked for the Edison Machine Works in NYC for a while before doing his own thing, which proved to be groundbreaking. He experimented with oscillators and generators, electrical discharge tubes, and even early X-Ray imaging. We thank you Mr. Tesla!!!