Jeanne Calment

Sarah Knauss

Kane Tanaka

Lucile Randon (a.k.a. Sister André)

Jeanne Calment

Jeanne Louise Calment, the world’s longest living person (who died at the age of 122) was born in Arles, France on February 21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997 in a nursing home in Arles.

“I’ve waited 110 years to be famous, I count on taking advantage of it,” she quipped at her 120th birthday party.


Sarah Knauss

Sarah Knauss, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest person, died Dec. 30 at the age of 119, apparently of natural causes, according to an official at the Allentown, Pa., nursing home where she lived.

Knauss, who was born Sept. 24, 1880, and lived a quiet life as a homemaker and insurance office manager, found herself in the international spotlight after Guinness declared her the world’s oldest person in 1998 upon the death of Marie-Louise Febronie Meilleur, of Quebec, who was 117.

Source: Washington Post

Kane Tanaka

A Japanese woman officially certified as the world’s oldest person has died aged 119.

Kane Tanaka was born in 1903, the same year as George Orwell, at a time when Japan was emerging as a global power.

She got married a century ago, and had four children. She spent her later years in a Japanese care home, where she enjoyed board games and chocolate.

Source: BBC

Lucile Randon a.k.a. Sister Andre

A 118-year-old nun living in a nursing home in southern France has become the world’s oldest living person, according to the Guinness World Records.

Sister André is also the oldest nun ever, according to a statement released by Guinness.

Source: CNN