The hundredth anniversary of the issuing of U.S. patent to Slovak Stefan Banic for his invention of parachute was commemorated on Saturday in his hometown, Smolenice in Western Slovakia.

Banic invented the first parachute ever in 1913. A year later, he tested his device by jumping from a 15-floor building in Washington D.C. before U.S. Patent Office and military representatives. Banic donated his patent to the U.S. Army. The parachute was radically different from the type known today, essenti...

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