The World’s Oldest Person Turned 116 Today

By Alex Magdaleno

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Misao Okawa blew out the candles of her birthday cake on Wednesday and became the world’s oldest person at the ripe old age of 116.

The daughter of a kimono maker, Okawa was born in Osaka, Japan, on March 5, 1898 — a year when Queen Victoria sat on the British throne, New York added surrounding counties that would become the five famous boroughs, and the Philippines declared independence.

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