The oldest person becomes older

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman, recently celebrated her 116th birthday! She got the title of the oldest known living person in the world in June last year. She was born on March 5, 1898. The world population has grown by over 5 billion people during Okawa’s lifetime. She was born before the pop-up toaster, television, bubble gum, teddy-bear stuffed toy, and Monopoly were invented.

According to the Gerontology Research Group’s data from February 15, 2014, there are only 5 people (including Okawa) alive on our planet who were born in the 1800s.

Did you know?

The oldest known person who has ever lived was Jeanne Calment, a  French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years.

Image Credits: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ for Okawa’s image
Sources: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/, http://www.nytimes.com/, http://www.grg.org/