A bit more news

The world’s oldest known person, Nabi Tajima, recently passed away. She was 117 years old. Tajima was the last living person born in the nineteenth century – she was born in 1900, the last year of that century. Chiyo Miyako, a 117-year-old Japanese woman (image), is now the world’s oldest person. She was born on May 2, 1901. The world population has grown by over 5 billion during her lifetime.


The monarch of Swaziland has changed his country’s name to eSwatini. He made the change as part of the celebrations for 50 years of independence. The nation was ruled by the British and gained its independence in 1968. Another reason for the name change was to avoid confusion with the nation Switzerland. ESwatini is an absolute monarchy with King Mswati III as the leader. He has been the king since 1986. He has 13 wives. If you think that’s a lot, his father had about 125.


If you see some stormtroopers or Darth Vaders running around on May 4, it’s because Star Wars fans are celebrating. Many people consider one of two days (May 4 or May 25) as “Star Wars Day”. May 25 is celebrated because the first Star Wars movie was released on this day in 1977. May 4 is celebrated because fans picked up a popular phrase from the movie series, “May the force be with you”, and now say “May the fourth be with you”.

Here are 2 videos. The first shows Legoland Japan’s cherry blossom tree. The second is a TED-Ed riddle.



Image Credits: United States Department of State for the image of King Mswati III, http://marvel.com/avengers for the Avengers: Infinity War image, https://www.starwars.com for the may the fourth image, http://gerontology.wikia.com for Miyako’s image
Sources: http://ewn.co.za, CNN, BBC, http://marvel.com/avengers, mashable.com, TED-Ed, https://www.starwars.com, http://supercentenarian-research-foundation.org, https://www.usatoday.com, http://www.worldometers.info