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Age and Youth



Oldest Woman Ever

The oldest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years and 164 days, by Jeanne-Louise Calment. She was born in France on February 21, 1875, and died at a nursing home in Arles, southern France on August 4, 1997. President Jacques Chirac once said Jean Calment was a little bit like a grandmother to everyone in France. She was 14 when the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889. She led an extremely active life, taking up fencing at 85 years old, and was still riding a bicycle at 100. She portrayed herself at the age of 114 in the film Vincent And Me, to become the oldest actress in film.

Oldest Mother

Rosanna Dalla Corta [Italy], born in 1931, gave birth to a baby boy on July 18 1994 when she was 63. The baby was conceived through artificial insemination of donor eggs.

Oldest Living Male Conjoined Twins

Born in 1952, Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon {USA} are the oldest living male conjoined twins.  For 36 years they traveled in side shows, carnivals, and circuses.


Oldest Man Alive

Yukichi Chuganji of Ogori, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, became the oldest man in Japan on 18 January 2000 and took the world record title on 4 January 2002 at the age of 112 years 288 days. Yukichi is a retired silkworm breeder and lives on the southernmost Japanese island of Kyushu.

Oldest Female Twins

Kin Narita and Gin Kanie (born August 1, 1892), whose names mean Gold and Silver, were the oldest authenticated female twins. Kin died of heart failure on January 23, 2000, at the age of 107. The twins' lives spanned three centuries and they witnessed the Japanese eras of Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei. Although Gin died of a heart attack on January 23, 2000, they are still household names in Japan and in the past appeared regularly on TV and commercials. Both enjoyed good health although Kin was briefly hospitalized in 1999 due to a stomach ulcer. Kin gave birth to 11 children and had as many grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Gin has five children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Oldest Living Woman

The oldest living woman in the world whose date of birth can be fully authenticated is Kamato Hongo, born September 16, 1887, on Tokunoshima Island, Kagoshima, Japan. She took the title aged 114 years 183 days on the death of Maude Farris-Luse (b. January 21, 1887), who died on March 18, 2002.

Born the fourth of five siblings, Kamato herself had seven children (four boys and three girls) and has 27 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. She lives in the city of Kogoshima, with her third daughter Shizue Kurauchi, where she maintains a cycle of two days asleep and two days awake.

Oldest Living Female Conjoined Twins

Masha and Dasha Krivoslyapova [USSR], born on Jan 3 1950 are a rare form of conjoined twins. Now 51 years old, they reside in a Moscos old people's home.

The most surviving children from a single birth

The most surviving children from a single child birth is 7. The septuplets were born eigth weeks premature on Jan 14 1998 to 40 year old Hasna Mohammed Humair [Saudi Arabia]. There where 4 boys and 3 girls.

Bobbie McCaughey [USA] also had septuplets on Nov 19 1997.


Oldest Triplets

The longest-living triplets recorded were Faith, Hope, and Charity Cardwell, who were born on May 18, 1899, at Elm Mott, Texas, USA. Faith died on October 2, 1994, aged 95 years 137 days.

Most Prolific Mother

the wife of Feodor Vassilyev from Shuya, Russia gave birth to 69 children in 27 confinements.  The total of 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets , and four sets of quadruplets were born between 1725 and 1765.  Only two of the children failed to survive infancy.

Oldest Male twins

The oldest twins ever documented are Eli Shadrack and John Meshak Phipps [USA], born Feb 14 1803 in Affington, Virginia.  Eli died on Feb 23 1911 at the age of 108 years; his brother John died on Dec 10 1916 at the age of 113.



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