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8:05am on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016:



When I was born, the oldest living person in the world was Mary Kelly, who herself was born 7 Jun 1851. This is the year in which the Great Exhibition opened, the Window Tax was abolished, the first international Chess tournament took place and the card game Happy Families was first published. Mary was 63 when World War 1 broke out.

It always amazes me how so much can change in a lifetime, and how much a single stretch of existence can take in. I overlap with someone who was born before the Duke of Wellington, J. M. W. Turner and Ada Lovelace died.

The world's oldest living person in 1960 used to be James Henry Brett Jr, who was born 25th July 1849, but his title was revoked in 2012.

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