» The jet engine used by modern airplanes was invented by Bucharest-born inventor Henri Coanda. Romanian inventor and aerodynamics pioneer, Henri Coanda designed and built in 1910 the world's first jet powered aircraft, known as the Coandă - 1910, which he demonstrated publicly at the second International Aeronautic Salon in Paris. Romania's main international airport, Bucharest Otopeni - Henri Coanda, is named after the great inventor.
» Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci was the first to achieve a perfect routine and get the first score of 10.00 in the history of gymnastics, during the Olympics in Montreal (1976). The scoring displays of the time lacked the technical capability to show a perfect 10.00. They could only display three-digit grades (0.00 to 9.99 but not a 10.00) In 2000 Nadia was named as one of the athletes of the 20th century by the Laureus World Sports Academy.
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