Now, the world's oldest living person, Japan's Misao Okawa, has died at the age of 117.
Born to a kimono-maker in Osaka on 5 March 1898, she married in 1919. She leaves behind three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Guinness World Records recognized her as the oldest living woman/person in 2013.
Her tip for a long life was getting at least eight hours of sleep a night and eating sushi, her favorite food.
She lived across three centuries, seeing four emperors of Japan, six British monarchs, and 20 US presidents.
The oldest person who has ever lived according to Guinness was Jeanne Calment of France, who lived 122 years and 164 days. She died in August 1997. Source: BBC World News.
The oldest person in Britain, Gladys Hooper, celebrates her 112th birthday in three days, following the death of the 114 year-old Ethel Lang.
Excerpt from ALFIE ~ Songwriters: BACHARACH, BURT / DAVID, HAL
What's it all about, Alfie
Is it just for the moment we live
Are we meant to take more than we give
Or are we meant to be kind
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie
I know there's something much more
Something even non-believers can believe in
I believe in love, Alfie
Without true love we just exist, Alfie
Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie