The World’s Oldest Person Turned 116 Today

By Alex Magdaleno


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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