Last Known Person Born In The 19th Century Celebrates Her 117th Birthday

November 30, 2016

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Those in the dating world have heard the expression, I wouldn't date you if you were the last person on Earth, but one Italian woman has the dubious distinction as being the last person born in the 19th century still alive.  When Emma Morano was born November 29, 1899, humans had never flown like a bird before, Cuba has just won independence from Spain and drug maker Bayer had just released its brand new pain reliever called aspirin.  Emma has seen a lot over her lifetime and continues to watch the world go by from her apartment in Verbania, Italy. Her secret to her longevity?  Genetics, her mom lived to be 91, and at least two of her sisters approached or passed the 100 mark, a diet of two raw eggs and one cooked egg daily and ending what she says was an abusive marriage right after her infant son died in 1938. She celebrated her birthday by blowing out the three numbered candles that designated "117" on her cake and reportedly saying that she hope she didn't have to cut the cake! 


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