A LARGEST GATHERING OF CENTENARIANS
On 4 Nov 2016, a group of 45 individuals aged 100 or more assembled at Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in an event organized by Queensland Community Care Network (AUS). They were attending an early Christmas luncheon hosted by the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk – Queensland’s state premier and patron of the care home’s 100+ Club.
A OLDEST COMPETITIVE DARTS PLAYER
As of 18 Jul 2016, George Harness (UK, b. 7 Aug 1917) was still playing in darts competitions in the Old Leakes and District Darts League in Boston, UK, at the age of 98 years 346 days. George started playing darts in 1938. During his long career, he even played against British darts legend Eric Bristow – but lost.
< OLDEST ACTIVE SOCCER REFEREE
Peter Pak-Ngo Pang (USA, b.
IDN, 4 Nov 1932) was still regularly refereeing at soccer matches in the adult men’s league in San Jose, California, USA, at the age of 83 years 137 days. Peter’s record-breaking achievement was verified on 20 Mar 2016, when he officiated a game between Agave and Moctezuma, played in San Jose.
A OLDEST ATHLETES
Robert Marchand (FRA, b. 26 Nov 1911) is the oldest competitive cyclist.
On 4 Jan 2017, aged 105 years 39 days, he rode 22.547 km (14.01 mi) in the Best Hour Performance in the Men’s “Master aged 105 years and above” category at the Velodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
The oldest competitive canoeist is Avis Noott (UK, b. 24 Jun 1938). On 6 Mar 2016, aged 77 years 256 days old, she rowed in a race in Dulverton, UK.
The aggregate age of the oldest married couple to run a marathon is 163 years 360 days, by Masatsugu Uchida, aged 83 years 272 days, and his wife Ryoko Uchida (both JPN), aged 80 years 88 days. They ran in the Shimada Oigawa Marathon in Shimada, Shizuoka, Japan, on 30 Oct 2016.
As we go to press,
19 of the 20 oldest people in the world are women. And of those, nine are Japanese.
3. Chiyo Miyako
(JPN) 2 May 1901 115 years 359 days
5. Marie-Josephine Gaudette
(ITA/USA) 25 Mar 1902 115 years 32 days
6. Giuseppina Projetto-Frau
(ITA) 30 May 1902 114 years 331 days
Sarah Knauss (USA, 1880-1999) and her 96-year-old daughter Kathryn “Kitty” Knauss Sullivan (USA, 1903-2005) had a combined age of 215 years 140 days when Sarah passed away.
She was 119 years 97 days old at the time, while Kathryn was aged 96 years 43 days.
At the age of 41 years 56 days, Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) competed at the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 14 Aug. She finished seventh in the women’s vault final.
Kazuyoshi Miura (JPN, b. 26 Feb 1967) netted aged 50 years 14 days playing for Yokohama FC at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on 12 Mar 2017.
Aged 69 years 85 days old, tennis player Gail Falkenberg (USA, b. 16 Jan 1947) defeated an opponent 47 years her junior. On 10 Apr 2016, she beat 22-year-old Rosalyn Small (USA, b. 22 Jun 1993) 6-0, 6-1 on clay in the first qualifying round of an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament in Pelham, Alabama, USA.
John Glenn Jr (USA, 18 Jul 1921-8 Dec 2016) was 77 years 103 days old when he was launched into space as part of the crew of Discovery STS-95 on 29 Oct 1998. The mission lasted nine days, and Glenn landed back on Earth on 7 Nov 1998.
Peggy Whitson (USA, b. 9 Feb 1960) became the oldest female astronaut aged 56 years 282 days. The NASA astronaut was on board a Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft that set off for the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:20 a.m. local time on 18 Nov 2016 and went into orbit 8 min later.
◄ ►oldest living people
The oldest living person is Violet Brown (JAM, b. 10 Mar 1900), who was 117 years 47 days old as of 26 Apr 2017. She is the last living verified subject of Queen Victoria. Violet became the record holder when Italy’s Emma Martina Luigia Morano passed away on 15 Apr 2017, aged 117 years 137 days.
The oldest living man is Israel Kristal (ISR), who was born on 15 Sep 1903 in the 1^ village of Malenie, near Zarnow in the Russian Empire (now Poland). He was aged 113 years 223 days as of 26 Apr 2017.
M ► OLDEST BILLIONAIRE
Billionaire movie producer Sir Run Run Shaw (CHN, left) died on 7 Jan 2014, reportedly aged 106. His precise birth date is not known. Based on an unconfirmed month and year of birth of Nov 1907, he would have been at least 106 years 38 days old at the time of his passing.
David Rockefeller Sr (USA, b. 12 Jun 1915, right) had a net worth of $3.3 bn (£2.6 bn) upon his death on 20 Mar 2017, aged 101 years 281 days old. He is the oldest verified billionaire.
10. Tae Ito
(JPN) 11 Jul 1903 113 years 289 days
8. Maria-Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso
(ITA) 20 Mar 1903 114 years 37 days
On 30 Mar 2017 at 15:51 GMT, Whitson equalled the 50-hr 40-min record for the most accumulated time on spacewalks by a woman, previously achieved by fellow NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. The spacewalk formally began at 11:29 GMT and lasted 7 hr 4 min. Upon completion, it gave Whitson a record-breaking cumulative spacewalk time of 53 hr 22 min.
It was Whitson’s eighth spacewalk – itself a record for the most spacewalks by a woman.
On 19 Mar 2016, at the age of 96 years 200 days, Shigemi Hirata (JPN, b. 1 Sep 1919) received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Kyoto University of Art and Design, in Kyoto, Japan.
Aged exactly 104 years, Jack Reynolds (UK, b. 6 Apr 1912) was tattooed in Chesterfield, UK, on 6 Apr 2016. The design of the tattoo – a script reading “Jacko 6.4.1912” – was by Jack himself.
9. Iso Nakamura
(JPN) 23 Apr 1903 114 years 3 days
Kin Narita and Gin Kanie (both JPN, b. 1 Aug 1892) were the oldest authenticated female twins. Kin died of heart failure on 23 Jan 2000 at the age of 107 years 175 days.
The oldest male twins ever authenticated were Glen and Dale Moyer (USA, b. 20 Jun 1895), both of whom reached 105. Glen passed away on 16 Apr 2001, aged 105 years 300 days.
The greatest confirmed age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days, by Jeanne Louise Calment (FRA). Born on 21 Feb 1875, she died at a nursing home in Arles, France, on 4 Aug 1997. Asked on her 120th birthday what she expected of the future, she replied, “a very short one”.
The oldest man ever was Jiroemon Kimura (JPN), who was born on 19 Apr 1897 and passed away on 12 Jun 2013, aged 116 years 54 days.
GWR: Do you have a favourite cover that you’ve illustrated?
A: My first favourite cover is Namora #1, which came out in the late 1940s. My second favourite cover is Millie the Model #9. And my third favourite cover is what I did for Marvel back in 2015 – the Contest of Champions. This great cover not only allowed me to have the opportunity to do a widely distributed comic-book cover when I was 95 years old, but it also gave me an opportunity to bring back three of my Golden Age characters, plus let me illustrate the same three characters the way they are being drawn today.
GWR: How does it feel to have a second
Guinness World Records title under your belt?
A: Both records have been a great thrill for me. Seeing my best friend, Stan Lee [above right], and I in the same Guinness World Records book would definitely be one of the real highlights of my career. Stan and I pretty much started out in comics together, and after all these years – we’re talking over 70 years – that we’d end up together, again, towards the end of our careers, is really amazing.