A Century’s End

Emma Morano (pictured above) of Verbania, Italy, died today at the age of 117, according to reports. She was the oldest person alive on the planet and she was also the last human being who was here the century before last. When we woke this morning, the 19th Century was still a part of living history; now it is entirely history.

Ms. Morano was born on November 29, 1899, and every human being alive was born after the dawn of the 20th Century or this present century.
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Century’s End

Every person who is not Emma Morano (pictured above) of Verbania, Italy, was born after January 1, 1900. Ms. Morano was born on November 29, 1899, a mere 117 years ago today, and she is the oldest person alive on the planet now and is also the last human being who was here the century before last. The 19th Century still walks among us.

In the United States, the last living connection with 19th Century was severed last May with the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York, who was born on July 6, 1899. She held the title of oldest person in the world from June 2015 until this May. Every person alive in America right now was born after the dawn of the 20th Century or in this current one.
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Century’s …

“Bacon makes everything better.”—a sign in Susannah Mushatt Jones’s kitchen.

The 19th Century came to a conclusion in the United States on Thursday night with the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York, who was born on July 6, 1899. She held the title of oldest person in the world since June 17 of last year. Every person alive in America right now was born after the dawn of the 20th Century or in this current one.

Every person who is not Emma Morano (pictured above) of Verbania, Italy, was born after January 1, 1900, too. Ms. Morano was born on November 29, 1899, and she is the oldest person alive on the planet now and is also the last human being who was here the century before last.
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