The Top 5 Oldest People Who Ever Lived

  Name Age Date of Birth Date of Death Country
1 Jeanne Louise Calment 122 years and 164 days February 21, 1875 August 4, 1997 France (Arles)
2 Shigechiyo Izumi 120 years, 237 days June 29th, 1865 February 21st, 1986 Japan ( Tokunoshima, Amami Islands)
3 Sarah DeRemer Knauss 119 years and 97 days September 24th, 1880 December 30th, 1999 United States (Pennsylvania)
4 Lucy Hannah 117 years and 248 days July 16th, 1875 March 21st, 1993 United States (Alabama)
5 Marie-Louise Febronie Chasse Meilleur 117 years and 230 days August 29th, 1880 April 16th, 1998 Canada (Quebec)
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 Facts
  1. A supercentenarian describes someone who has reached the age of 110 years or older. The term became popular in 1991 but has been around since the 1970's. Only 2% of supercentenarians live to be 115 years of age. There are less than a thousand proven supercentenarians.
  2. Jeanne Louise Calment was born to to a wealthy family. Mrs. Calment supposedly met Vincent van Gogh when she was 14 years old and was still riding a bicycle at age 100. She reportedly attributed her longevity to olive oil, which she used on all her food and rubbed into her skin.
  3. Shigechiyo Izumi apparently drank shōchū, a Japanese alcoholic beverage distilled from barley, and took up smoking at age 70 (he probably would have lived to 130 had he not). Mr. Izumi lived through 71 Japanese Prime Ministers.
  4. Lucy Hannah is the oldest African American who ever lived (documented). She died in Michigan on March 21, 1993.
  5. As of 2007, Marie-Louise Meilleur is the oldest validated Canadian ever and was apparently a vegetarian. She had 10 children over her lifetime and died of a blood clot at age 117.
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List Notes: This list is compiled of persons who left the most accurate records available of their birth and death. Having said that, there is doubt about Shigechiyo Izumi's birth certificate as some Japanese researchers believe that his birth certificate may actually be his older brother's who died at a young age.
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