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Last person alive in 1800s dies at age 117

Bella McGill, Editor

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The Guinness World Record title-holder for both oldest living woman and oldest living person, Emma Morano, died on April 15, 2017 in Verbania, Italy. Morano was also officially the last person born in the 1800s, having been born on Nov. 29, 1899.

The oldest of eight children, several of whom reached one hundred but all of whom she outlived, Morano attributed her long life in part to her genes and to her diet―raw eggs and cookies. Her doctor, Carlo Bava, said that Morano had an almost childlike love of cookies, even going so far as to hide them from people under her pillow.

Morano also said that ending her abusive marriage in 1938 helped to extend her life. According to Morano, her marriage had never been healthy, that her husband had threatened her into marrying him. She had a son during the marriage, but he died at only six months old; a year later, she kicked her husband out. In an interview with the New York Times, Morano stated, “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone.”

Morano was five years younger than the oldest living person ever: Jeanne Calment, who lived to age 122.

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Bella McGill, editor

Bella McGill is a senior at DCHS and in her third year on the Parnassus staff. She is in the plays, French club, 4-H, and band. In her spare time, she...

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Last person alive in 1800s dies at age 117