THE oldest person in the world has reached another milestone birthday – one that no one has reached before.
Here is all you need to know about the someone still living who can remember the start of the 20th century.
Who is the oldest person in the world?
Kane Tanaka was born in Japan’s Fukuoka Prefecture on January 2, 1903.
Still alive, and celebrated her 118th birthday this year.
The Japanese national was certified as the oldest living person following the death of 117-year-old Chiyo Miyako in July 2018.
Kane was born prematurely and raised on breast milk from women other than her mother.
During World War II, she worked in a store selling rice cakes with her husband Hideo.
After both Hideo and her son died during the war, she continued to work at the same store until her retirement at the age of 63.
In the 1970s, she visited the United States, where she has several nieces and nephews.
At age 103, Tanaka was diagnosed with colon cancer but survived.
When she was 107, her son wrote a book about her, which discusses her life and longevity and is titled In Good and Bad Times, 107 Years Old.
Who is the oldest person to ever live?
The oldest person ever whose age has been verified, is Jeanne Calment (1875–1997) from France who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years, 164 days.
She was in good health for most of her life and lived on her own until she was 110.
And she could walk until 115 when she fell, broke her leg and required a wheelchair thereafter.
Tanaka was born in 1903 – the same year the Wright brothers flew the world’s first powered aircraft
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