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Oldest living person turns 117

CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- The oldest living person on earth, a Japanese woman named Kane Tanaka, turned 117 on Thursday.

She is still five years shy of the the oldest verified person to ever live. That was a French woman, Jeanne Calment, who passed away at 122 years, 164 days in 1997.

Born January 2, 1903 in Japan, Kane Tanaka was confirmed as the oldest person alive by the Guinness World Records back in March.

What was happening at the time of Tanaka's birth?

The Wright brothers would become the first to achieve powered flight later that year.

The first Tour de France bicycle race was held in July 1903.

The first west–east transatlantic radio broadcast is made from the United States to England.

There were only 45 states in the United States. Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii had not been admitted to the Union yet.

The Titanic would not sink for another nine years and World War I would not begin for another 11 years.

The second oldest person living on earth is Lucile Randon, 115 years old, of France.

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