America goes to war
A third event that affected Nikola Tesla was World War I. It started in eastern Europe in 1914 in Tesla's homeland. It started because a Serbian assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. In 1917 America joined the "Great War". In the later years of his life Tesla tried to invent a machine to end all war.
"(Tesla) was philosophically against war but he was technically for a way that would make war unprofitable and impossible."
— Personal student interview with William H. Terbo, grand-nephew and only living relative of Tesla.
"Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment…”
— Nikola Tesla, “My Inventions: the autobiography of Nikola Tesla”
Originally appeared in the Electrical Experimenter magazine in 1919.