As of May 26, 2016, Emma Morano, a 116-Year-Old woman from Italy is the oldest living human in the world (currently the oldest living man is Yisrael Kristal, who is 113, an Auschwitz Survivor now Living in Israel).

Update: Emma Morano has died on April 15, 2017, at the age of 117 years and 137 days.

Emma Moreno

Emma Morano
Emma Morano was born on November 29, 1899. She is the oldest verified Italian person ever, the second oldest European ever behind Jeanne Calment, and one of the ten verified oldest people ever. Photo: Twitter

Italian supercentenarian is also the oldest Italian person ever. On 12 May 2016, upon the death of American woman Susannah Mushatt Jones (July 6, 1899 – May 12, 2016), Morano became the world’s oldest living person and also the last verified living person born in the 1800s. She lives in her one-bedroom flat in Verbania, a small town situated on the shore of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. Here are some quick facts about Emma Moreno:

  • She is the only living person who was born in the 19th century!
  • When she was born on November 29, 1899, there were about 1.5 billion people on Earth. Now every single one of those 1.5 billion people is gone -except Emma Moreno- and there are approximately 7.4 billion entirely new people here.
  • She had a long-lived family: her mother, an aunt, and some of her siblings turned 90, and one of her sisters, Angela Morano (1908-2011), died at age 102.
  • In 1899, Italy was still a kingdom (this status wouldn’t change until the Italian constitutional referendum in 1946).
  • The automobile manufacturer Fiat is established in Turin in July, just a few months before Morano was born, by a group of investors including Giovanni Agnelli. The company would become the major car-making industry in Italy. The first Fiat plant opened in 1900 with 35 staff making 24 cars.
  • Soccer club A.C. Milan is founded in Milan on December 16, shortly after her birth.
  • When Emma Moreno was born, there were no airplanes on earth. The first flight of an airplane, the Wright Flyer (built by the Wright brothers) took place on December 17, 1903, more than four years after Emma Morano was born.
  • On November 29, 1899, The FC Barcelona Association football club is founded, on the same day, she was born.
First flight of the Wright flyer-1903
The first flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloting, Wilbur Wright running at wingtip. Photo by John T. DanielsFile:Wright_first_flight.tif, Public Domain, Link

Morano says that staying single is one of the reasons why she has reached 116. When she was younger, she was in an abusive marriage and left her husband in 1938. After that, Morano said she “didn’t want to be dominated by anyone.” Morano still lives on her own.

She says her daily diet consists of two raw eggs and a cooked one, minced meat, pasta, homemade brandy, and only having a glass of milk for dinner. She was diagnosed with anemia at 20, and she maintained this diet since then.

French supercentenarian Jeanne Louise Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) has the longest confirmed human lifespan on record, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days.

Jeanne Calment celebrating her 121st birthday in 1996
In this photo, Jeanne Calment was celebrating her 121st birthday in 1996. Photo by, Fair use, Link


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