Nokola Tesla was born on a dark night at precisely midnight, between July 9th and 10th in 1856, in the village of Smiljan, Province of Lika (Austro-Hungary).
His father, the Reverend Mulitine Tesla, was a Siberian Orthodox priest; his mother Djuka Mandich, was unschooled, but she was very intelligent. Both families came originally from Western Siberia and for generations have sent their sons to serve church or army, and their daughters to marry ministers or officers.
Tesla had a poetic touch, as he matured he added to these earlier qualities, those of self-discipline and learn to like precision.
His family had a big farm. There were workers on the farm, one of them named Maine. He was cross-eyed. Tesla's father told him to look at what he was chopping, but he kept looking away, Tesla's father got mad. On another occasion Mulitine was taking a drive and a friend who carelessly permitted his costly coat to rub on the carriage wheel. His father reminded him by saying "pull in your coat, you are ruining my tire." When his father was arguing he had a voice changer. He would change his voice to a calmer setting so he would not sound mad.
His mother descended from one of the oldest families in the country and a line of inventors, Tesla said, "my mother was truly a great woman of rare skill and courage.".
One week his father got called into fight pestilence. His mom helped all the neighbors with their problems. He did not come home for a long time.
Tesla's mom was an inventor. She invented and constructed all kinds of tools and devices and she wove the finest designs from thread that was spun by her. She even planted seeds, raised the plants and separated the fibers herself. She worked very hard from the break of day, to late at night. She made moist of the items in the house by hand. When she was past 60 years old, her fingers were still nimble enough to tie three knots in an eyelash.
Tesla had a disorder, he would peculiarly see flashes of light and he said he would see things.