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Author Topic: The 19th Century is Now Truly Gone  (Read 724 times)
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« on: April 16, 2017, 12:17:54 am »

News Flash: the world's oldest person, and last living person born in the 19th century, has passed away in Italy, at the age of 117 years and 137 days.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/italian-emma-morano-last-known-survivor-19th-century-174058715.html

The 19th century is now a truly historic era, with no one left to remember it from direct experience.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 04:17:00 am »

To be fair, at 117 she was too young to actually remember the 19th century.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 05:15:45 am »

No, she most likely could not have remembered anything from her first months of life, but she was the last survivor the era, and her death has a symbolic meaning.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 01:23:33 pm »

Violet Brown (née Mosse; born 10 March 1900) is still alive (Jamaica, 117 years, 37 days).
Even if you count 1899 as the end of the 19th Century she was conceived in it.
Also Nabi Tajima born 4 August 1900 (Japan, 116 years, 255 days).

And officially the end of the 19th Century was 31st December 1900.

Also, as mentioned, these are only the verified ones we know of and there is likely to be older people (probably in a Chinese village or unexplored rain forest).

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 10:08:48 pm »

The 19th. C. will never die. I see the shape of my eyes my great great grandparents gave me every single morning when I look at the mirror. I carry their c. 1890 newlywed pictures in my iPod, and every time I talk about the family, I can whip out those pictures. Sitting on my desk, right next to my steamed boombox and my clock computer is an old metronome that used to belong to my great grandmother. They somehow look very natural together. To be honest I feel very close to them even if they're long gone. We're all here, just not in the same bodies which were alive back then.



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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 12:28:40 pm »

What about those born before 1914  ? The 19th century might be gone , but the Edwardian age live on.
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2017, 04:53:24 am »

There are surprising riffs on this, though. Case in point - the wives of Confederate veterans; the government voted pensions to both sides around the 1910s or so, and a few enterprising women (of much younger age) decided it was a good meal ticket, and married said gentlemen.

These were probably 'January-December' couples. The surprising thing was (and I haven't looked this up for details) that as late as the 2000's, there were 2 widows left; a Union, and a Confederate. The union lady went first.

Yet, as stated above, all that is behind us. Makes you wonder if there was any issue...Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 05:12:12 pm »

And, in another twist....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39768321
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