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The Last 19th-Century Man Has Died in Japan at The Age Of 116

In a story we brought you on May 28th, Jiroemon Kimura was the last man living who witnessed the 19th century. He was born in 1897. When he was 6 years old he heard about the Wright Brothers showing the world that man can fly. At age 11 he was thrilled to get the news that Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile. Mr. Kimura who became the oldest living person on December 16, 2012 has passed away.

World's Oldest Person Jiroemon Kimura
Kyotango City Government via Getty Images

Mr. Jiroemon lived through two world wars, the reigns of four emperors, the terms of 20 U.S. presidents, and 61 Japanese prime ministers.

According to Japan Real Time:

Along the way, Mr. Kimurahad five kids, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren, his family said. And on June 12, at 2:08 a.m., he passed on, in his hometown of Kyotango. He was 116 years and 54 days old.

 

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