Jeanne Calment was the oldest verified person in the world as of 2014, according to the New York Times. Calment died of natural causes at age 122 in 1997.
Calment's verified birth date was Feb. 21, 1875, in Arles, France. She was born the year before the telephone was invented and met Vincent Van Gogh at age 12 or 13. The New York Times states that longevity ran in Calment's family; her mother and father lived to be 86 and 93 years old respectively. Calment remained active until late in life, continuing to ride a bicycle until age 100 and remaining independent until age 110, when she moved into a nursing home.Learn More
As of 2014, the oldest person with a verifiable birth certificate on record is Jeanne Calment, a 122-year-old Frenchwoman who died in 1997. The oldest verified still-living person as of 2014 is Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who is 116 years old.Full Answer >
Historians believe fire first appeared in the world approximately 1 million years ago when inhabitants of Africa created fires for cooking food. The use of fires remained within the confines of Africa's borders for approximately 40,000 years after initial use. Humans built early fires outdoors, usually in large pits, from wood, which proved readily available, easy to transport and quick to ignite.Full Answer >
According to an article published by the New York Post, a woman named Leandra Becerra Lumbreras is unofficially recognized as the oldest living human being in the world, living to the age of 127 as of August 31, 2014. Her claim is supported by being able to recite accounts of events that she took part in 100 years ago, such as being a female soldier in the Mexican Revolution.Full Answer >
The Arabian is commonly believed to be the oldest horse breed in the world. According to the Arabian Horse Association, archaeological evidence suggests that Arabian horses were domesticated around 2500 B.C. and present on the Arabian Peninsula long before this. However, there is some debate as to this timeline.Full Answer >