Skip to comments.World's oldest man Jiroemon Kimura dies at 116 after life which spanned three centuries
Posted on 06/12/2013 6:32:24 AM PDT by Perdogg
Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, died in hospital early Wednesday morning, Kyodo News cited the local government as saying.
Mr Kimura, from Kyotango in Kyoto Prefecture, was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person in December 2012 when a woman from the United States died at the age of 115.
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Now I’m one person closer to being the oldest person in the world!
There are now nine people on earth who were born in the 1800s.
These old people keep dying!!!
Wait until Obamacare kicks in..they will be dying much faster
God bless him. Imagine the changes he’s seen over his lifetime (not all of them good). I was blessed to have a great grandmother who lived to be 107. I only wished I wasn’t a typical, self-centered teenager back then and learned more about her life and the things she saw and experienced.
I’m always saddened when the world’s oldest person dies because we no longer have a world’s oldest person. It’s the end of a long chain of history.
Ditto that. My grandfather was a German POW in Russia in World War I. He left memoirs of that period of his life that I read after he passed. I would have loved to talk to him about those experiences.
My great grandmother who lived to 107 put salt on EVERYTHING! I attribute her longevity to a couple of things. She was a very slow eater; she took her time and enjoyed her usually small meal. She also took an aspirin everyday whether she needed it or not, a practice of which I’ve gotten into the habit.
I also have had several relative that lived to over 100. I tried desperately to pry information out of them about their early memories, and yet never got much for my efforts.
I think life was so simple back then, there’s just not that much to tell I guess.
This is something so obvious yet in a deep way shocking to me.
Both my grandparents were born in the 1800’s. They were married before WWI. It was natural when I was growing up for older people to understand and know about the turn of the century (1800-1900). I remember one woman telling me about all the horses on the roads in NYC, and the coal furnaces they all used.
When I watched the Memorial Day parade it was full of WWII vets and they were fairly young men. There was always a contingent of WWI vets, older, but a group of about 8. My mom told me she used to see the Civil War Vets in the parades - they were old, but they were still around.
As Orwell says, the Past is a Different Country. All that knowledge disappears, and people just forget it, and everything changes.
I was blessed with having my grandmother live with us when I was growing up. She was born in 1888. Like you, I wish I had talked to her more about her life. I do know that she was there when Oklahoma became a state and literally lived the musical Oklahoma. Her father (Papa) was the youngest of five boys and the only one who did not serve the Confederacy in the Civil War. Of the other four, three died during the war and Papa and his remaining brother were Sheriff and Under Sheriff in Grayson County Texas when the James brothers sister lived there. In fact, his parents helped found Sherman. Deep roots.
My great gandfather was still alive when I was born and we were inseparable until he died about a year later in 1951.
He was born in 1855. I would have loved to speak with him about his life.
Oh, what’s not really clear from this article, is that this was the last man alive from the 19th century. No living person now was born in the 1800’s.
When the oldest person dies then the 2nd oldest is now the oldest. I know you knew that :)
In about 1996 when my great aunt died she was almost 116 and the oldest person in the US.
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