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Youngest Physician

Balamurali Ambati, born July 29, 1977, of Hollis Hills, New York State, USA, became the world's youngest doctor when he graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City on May 19, 1995 at the age of 17. "We taught them to be focused, to desire accomplishments," said hsi father Dr Rao who fought school administrators to allow his son to study at his own pace, which was nearly twice as fast as his peers. After graduating, Balamurali continued his education at Harvard specializing in ophthalmology.

Youngest DJ

DJ Llewellyn Owen, from London, UK, (aka DJ Welly) headlined at The Warp club in London, UK on May 1, 2000, when he was eight years and 70 days old. He was paid £125 (US$180) per hour - the standard rate for headlining. Before he was five years old, DJ Welly began experimenting with record decks, as his father was involved in the free party scene in the Northants area in England. People started giving Llewellyn their old records and he soon began to DJ to earn pocket money until he later turned professional. His family is baffled as to where Llewellyn gets his talent from as they are not involved in music. Llewellyn has four sisters and is home educated. He also attends drama school and is very creative. He has recently started composing music with two older girls and his father feels that fame and fortune beckons. Having headlined famous clubs such as The Ministry of Sound in London and played on national TV and radio, it is easy to see why!


Youngest Prime Minister

The youngest head of government is currently Dr Mario Frick (b. May 8, 1965), who became Prime Minister of Liechtenstein at the age of 28 on December 15, 1993. Dr Frick was born in Switzerland and studied law at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.


Youngest Author

Dorothy Straight [USA] was four years old when she wrote HOW THE WORLD BEGAN in 1962.  It was published in Aug 1964 by Pantheon Books.

Youngest Female Astronaut

The youngest woman in space is Valentina Tereshkova, who was 26 at the time of her spaceflight. Her mission, Vostok 6 was launched on June 16, 1963 and she completed 48 orbits, adding up to nearly 71 hours in space. As the mission planners had designed, her capsule came within 5 km of Vostok 5, which was launched two days earlier. This enabled Tereshkova to communicate with fellow cosmonaut Valeriy Bykovsky.

Youngest Graduate

Michael Kearney started studying for an Associate of Science degree at Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA in September 1990 at the age of 6 years 7 months. He became the world's youngest graduate in June 1994, at the age of 10 years 4 months, when he obtained his BA in anthropology from the University of South Alabama. When he is not studying he enjoys doing what any other American teenager enjoys - playing video games, traveling, and playing soccer. As for the future, Michael would love to have the opportunity to host an educational television show for children.


Youngest Population

In the United Arab Emirates (UEA), only 0.2 per cent of the population was aged 75 and over in 1995. The UAE is a federation of seven states. Oil was discovered in the area in the 1950's, leading to a massive economic boom. The population of the UAE has quadrupled since 1965, partly due to the influx of economic migrants and workers to the area.



Youngest Billionaire

Jerry Yang (USA), the co-founder of internet search engine, Yahoo! Inc., became a billionaire in 1998, aged 29. He is now worth an estimated $4 billion. In 1994, bored with writing their doctoral theses in electrical engineering, he and college-friend David Filo began compiling a list classifying their favorite websites, leading to 'Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web'. In summer 1994 they came up with the name Yahoo!, an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!", a play on the Unix program YACC, "Yet Another Compiler Compiler".


Youngest Male Astronaut

The youngest astronaut is Major (later Lt-Gen.) Gherman Stepanovich Titov (born September 11, 1935), who was aged 25 years, 329 days when launched in Vostok 2 on August 6, 1961. Vostok 2 was the Sovietís second manned spacelight, it completed 17 orbits of the Earth. The mission was launched on 6 August 1961 and lasted for a total of 25 hours and 18 minutes from takeoff to landing. Titov landed back to earth by parachute, after ejecting from his spacecraft during its descent to the Earthís surface. During his flight, Titov became the first person ever to experience space sickness - caused by the loss of balance due to zero gravity.


Rapper On The US Charts

Lil' Bow Wow was only a lil' fella when, at age three, he told his Ma he wanted to start rapping. Three years later he began performing his raps and six years after that he was a bona fide rap star! He pigs out on pizza and cheeseburgers, his mom does his hair, and he loves Gucci clothes!


Youngest Visitor To Both Poles

The UK's Robert Schumann (born March 7, 1982) went to the North Pole on April 6, 1992, at the age of 10, and the South Pole on December 29, 1993, at the age of 11. He arrived at the South Pole by mountain bike after having flown in nearby. Robert visited both Poles with his father.


Youngest Current Head Of State

The youngest current head of state is Lt. Yahya Jammeh (b. May 25, 1965), who became President of the Provisional Council and head of state of The Gambia in July 1994, following a military coup. In 1996, he became President.


Youngest Masters Graduate

Tathagat Avatar Tulsi (b. September 9, 1987) of New Delhi, India, successfully passed his M.Sc in Physics from Patna University, at the age of 12 years, two months, and 19 days, on November 28, 1999.


Youngest Millionairess

The youngest millionairess was Shirley Temple (b. USA, April 23, 1928), now Mrs. Charles Black, who accumulated wealth exceeding $1 million (equivalent to $8,932,472 today) before she was 10. Shirley Temple leapt to fame with the film Little Miss Marker. Later in life she turned to politics. She was the US ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.


Youngest Monarch

The youngest reigning monarch is King Mswati III of Swaziland (b. April 19, 1968). He was crowned on April 25, 1986, at the age of 18. In Swaziland it is customary for the line of succession to be passed to the youngest son, rather than the first-born, to improve the chances of a long reign.


Youngest World Traveler

The youngest person ever to have travelled to all seven continents is South African Tanya Daniella Donkin (b. January 2, 1997). On November 16, 2000. Tanya landed in Dubai (Asia) at the age of 3 years 10 months 14 days, thereby visiting her seventh continent. All her travels were with her parents Dave and Irene Donkin.


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