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1. Male – A male organism is the physiological sex that produces sperm. Each spermatozoon can fuse with a female gamete, or ovum. A male cannot reproduce sexually without access to at least one ovum from a female, most male mammals, including male humans, have a Y chromosome, which codes for the production of larger amounts of testosterone to develop male reproductive organs. Not all species share a common sex-determination system, in most animals, including humans, sex is determined genetically, but in some species it can be determined due to social, environmental, or other factors. For example, Cymothoa exigua changes sex depending on the number of females present in the vicinity, the existence of two sexes seems to have been selected independently across different evolutionary lineages. There is an argument that this pattern was driven by the physical constraints on the mechanisms by which two gametes get together as required for sexual reproduction. Accordingly, sex is defined operationally across species by the type of gametes produced, male/female dimorphism between organisms or reproductive organs of different sexes is not limited to animals, male gametes are produced by chytrids, diatoms and land plants, among others. In land plants, female and male designate not only the female and male gamete-producing organisms and structures, as of the year 2012, the United Arab Emirates has the highest ratio of human males in the world, followed by Qatar. A common symbol used to represent the male sex is the Mars symbol, the symbol is identical to the planetary symbol of Mars. It was first used to sex by Carl Linnaeus in 1751. The symbol is called a stylized representation of the Roman god Mars shield. According to Stearn, however, all the historical evidence favours that it is derived from θρ, the sex of a particular organism may be determined by a number of factors. These may be genetic or environmental, or may change during the course of an organisms life. Although most species with male and female sexes have individuals that are male or female, hermaphroditic animals. Most mammals, including humans, are determined as such by the XY sex-determination system where males have an XY sex chromosome. During reproduction, a male can give either an X sperm or a Y sperm, a Y sperm and an X egg produce a male, while an X sperm and an X egg produce a female. The part of the Y-chromosome which is responsible for maleness is the region of the Y-chromosome. The ZW sex-determination system, where males have a ZZ sex chromosome may be found in birds and some insects and other organisms
2. Henry Allingham – Henry William Allingham was a British supercentenarian, the oldest British man ever, First World War veteran and, for one month, the verified oldest living man in the world. He is also the second-oldest military veteran ever, and at the time of his death, Allingham was the oldest ever surviving member of any of the British Armed Forces and one of the oldest surviving veterans of the First World War. He was the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service and he received many honours and awards for his First World War service and his longevity. Allingham was born in 1896 in Clapton, County of London, when he was 14 months old, his father, Henry Thomas Allingham, died at age 29 of tuberculosis. Henry is recorded in the 1901 census with his widowed mother Amy Jane Allingham and his mother remarried in 1905 to Hubert George Higgs and in 1907 the family moved to Clapham, London. Henry and his mother are recorded in the 1911 Census living at 21 Heyford Avenue, Lambeth, Henry attended a London County Council school before attending the Regent Street Polytechnic. Allingham remembered seeing the City Imperial Volunteers return from the Second Boer War, on leaving school, Allingham started work as a trainee surgical instrument maker at St. Bartholomews Hospital. He did not find this job very interesting, and so left to work for a coachbuilder specialising in car bodies. Allingham wanted to join the war effort in August 1914 as a despatch rider, however, after his mother died in 1915, aged 42, Allingham enlisted with the Royal Naval Air Service. He became formally rated as an Air Mechanic Second Class on 21 September 1915 and his RNAS serial number was RNAS F8317. After graduation, Allingham was posted to the RNAS Air Station at Great Yarmouth where he worked in aircraft maintenance, on 13 April 1916, King George V inspected the air station and its aircraft. Allingham later reported disappointment at barely missing an opportunity to speak with the king, Allingham also worked in Bacton, Norfolk, further up the coast, where night-flying was conducted and was later involved in supporting anti-submarine patrols. A typical patrol would last two or three days and would involve the manual labour of hoisting a seaplane in and out of the water by means of a deck-mounted derrick. During the preparations for what has become known as the Battle of Jutland, onboard was a Sopwith Schneider seaplane that was used to patrol the surrounding waters for the German High Seas Fleet. Allinghams responsibilities included helping to launch this aircraft, in September 1917, Allingham, by then an Air Mechanic First Class, was posted to the Western Front to join No.12 Squadron RNAS. This unit acted as a squadron for other RNAS squadrons based on the Western Front. There is also evidence that the squadron was involved in combat operations. When Allingham arrived at Petite-Synthe, both the Royal Flying Corps and the RNAS were involved in the Ypres offensive, Allingham also instrumented the very first reconnaissance aircraft camera during the First World War
3. Geert Adriaans Boomgaard – Geert Adriaans Boomgaard was a Dutch supercentenarian. He is accepted as the first validated supercentenarian case on record, since there is evidence that he served as a soldier in Napoleons Grande Armée, Boomgaard might in fact have been the oldest military veteran ever for several decades. Little is known about Boomgaards life and he was born in Groningen, Netherlands, to Adriaan Jacobs Boomgaard and Geesje Geerts Bontekoe where he also died. His father was captain on a boat and civil records say that Geert did the work as his father. Other sources say that he had served as a soldier in the 33rd Light Infantry Regiment in Napoleons Grande Armée. At the age of 29, on 4 March 1818, he married Stijntje Bus, Stijntje died aged 33 on 24 March 1830, a month after the birth of their 7th child. A year later,17 March 1831, Boomgaard married Grietje Abels Jonker, Grietje died at the age of 71 on 18 May 1864. His last surviving child, Jansje Hinderika, died at the age of 57 in May 1885, Boomgaard died at age 110 years 135 days in Groningen. Research on Boomgaard was published in three articles by E. J, heeres in the genealogical periodical Gruoninga in 1976,1977 and 1978. The certificate is registered at la Grande Chancellerie No,1871, and bears the stamped signature of the Duc de Plaisance Général Anne-Charles Lebrun, Grand Chancelier. List of Dutch supercentenarians List of last surviving veterans of military insurgencies and wars
4. Walter Breuning – Walter Breuning was an American supercentenarian. At the time of his death he was the fourth oldest verified undisputed man ever, Walter Breuning was born in Melrose, Minnesota. He was the son of John Breuning and Cora Morehouse Breuning, in 1901 when he was 5, his family moved to De Smet, South Dakota, where he went to school for nine years until his family broke up in 1910. Breuning referred to time as the dark ages, as his family lived without electricity, water. Apart from his parents who died at 50 and 46, longevity runs in Breunings family and his paternal and maternal grandparents lived into their 90s and his siblings lived to ages 78,85,91, and 100. His only surviving family are 1 niece and 3 nephews all now in their 80s, plus great-nieces, in 1910 aged 14, Breuning dropped out of school and began scraping bakery pans for $2.50 weekly. He joined the Great Northern Railway in 1913, working for it for more than fifty years, during his early years, Breuning commented that he would have to hide from owner James J. Hill, as Hill did not want any railroad employees under the age of 18. Breuning worked for the Great Northern Railway until age 66, and was also a manager/secretary for the local Shriners club until age 99, during World War I, he signed up for military service, but was never called up. When World War II broke out, he was too old to serve and he moved to Montana in 1918, where he continued working as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway. There, he met Agnes Twokey, an operator from Butte. He was married to her from 1922 until her death in 1957. They had no children, and it was believed that Breuning never remarried, as he stated that Second marriages never work, even first marriages dont work today. ”However, after his death, Breuning was a Freemason, and a member of Great Falls Lodge No. 118, Great Falls, Montana, for over 85 years and he held the 33rd Degree of the Scottish Rite. Breuning lived at the Rainbow Retirement and Assisted Living Center in Great Falls, Montana for 32 years, the Rainbow Hotel turned into Rainbow Assisted Living Center in 1996. Each year starting with his 100th, The Rainbow held a Birthday Party for Breuning, as he became older, and especially after gaining the title of Oldest Living Man in July 2009, the world media flocked to these occasions, if only to hear Breunings annual birthday speech. Breuning was a cigar smoker, but says in an interview at age 110 that he quit in 1999 when he was 103. However, at the age of 108 he briefly started smoking again, on his 112th birthday, Breuning said the secret to long life is being active, If you keep your mind busy and keep your body busy, youre going to be around a long time. Breuning dressed in a suit and tie every day, on April 24,2009, at the age of 112, Breuning was interviewed on CBS by Steve Hartman for Assignment America
5. Frank Buckles – Frank Woodruff Buckles was a United States Army soldier and the last surviving American veteran of World War I. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1917 at the age of 16 and served with a detachment from Fort Riley, driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines in Europe. During World War II, he was captured by Japanese forces while working in the shipping business, after the war, Buckles married in San Francisco and moved to Gap View Farm near Charles Town, West Virginia. A widower at age 98, he worked on his farm until the age of 105, in his last years, he was Honorary Chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation. As chairman, he advocated the establishment of a World War I memorial similar to war memorials in Washington. Toward this end, Buckles campaigned for the District of Columbia War Memorial to be renamed the National World War I Memorial and he testified before Congress in support of this cause, and met with President George W. Bush at the White House. His funeral was on March 15,2011, at Arlington National Cemetery, Buckles was born to James Clark Buckles, a farmer, and Theresa J. Buckles in Bethany, Missouri, on February 1,1901. He had two brothers, Ashman and Roy, and two older sisters, Grace and Gladys. Several family members lived long lives, he remembered speaking with his grandmother who was born in 1817 and his ancestry included soldiers of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In 1903, Frank—then known as Wood—and his brother Ashman contracted scarlet fever, Frank survived, but Ashman died from the disease at the age of four. Between 1911 and 1916, Buckles attended school in Walker, Missouri, later, he and his family moved to Oakwood, Oklahoma, where he continued his schooling and worked at a bank. He was a wireless operator, and an avid reader of newspapers. Five months after the American entry into World War I, Buckles sought to enlist in the armed forces and he was turned down by the Marine Corps for being too small, and by the Navy, which claimed that he had flat feet. He fared better with the Army, which accepted that he was an adult even though he looked no older than his 16 years, a sergeant advised that a middle initial would be helpful, so he adopted his uncles name, Frank Woodruff Buckles. Another sergeant suggested that the quickest way to the front lines would be to seek a position driving ambulances, Buckles enlisted on August 14,1917, and went through basic training at Fort Riley in Kansas. Later that year, he embarked for Europe aboard the RMS Carpathia, during the war, Buckles drove ambulances and motorcycles for the Armys 1st Fort Riley Casual Detachment, first in England and then France. He later recalled his service as a doughboy, There was never a shortage of bodies that needed to be rushed to the nearest medical care. The British and French troops were in bad shape – even guys about my age looked old, after three years of living and dying inside a dirt trench, you know the Brits and French were happy to see us doughboys
6. Henry Burling – Henry Burling was a New Zealand mail carrier and farmer. He was born in Stratford, Essex, England on 1 May 1801 to Thomas Burling, a soap maker, henry Burling carried mail by foot between Wellington and Wanganui. In doing so he had dealings with the Maori in the area
7. Claude Choules – He was also the last surviving veteran to have served in both world wars, and the last surviving seaman from the First World War. At the time of his death, he was also the third-oldest verified military veteran in the world and he was the seventh-oldest living man in the world. Choules became the oldest man born in the United Kingdom following the death of Stanley Lucas on 21 June 2010, Choules died in Perth, Western Australia, at the age of 110. He had been the oldest British-born man, following his death, in December 2011, the landing ship HMAS Choules was named after him, only the second Royal Australian Navy vessel named after a sailor. Claude Choules was born in Pershore, Worcestershire, on 3 March 1901, the son of Harry and Madeline, Claude was one of seven children, although two died in early childhood. The surviving siblings were Douglas, Leslie, Phyllis and Gwendoline and his mother left home when Claude was five, returning to the stage as an actress, and he and his older brothers were raised by his father. His older sister Phyllis lived with the family of an uncle, while his younger sister Gwendoline was adopted by the family of a paternal aunt. Claude and his brothers went to Pershore National Boys School, though Douglas. Choules was able to leave school when he turned 14, at which point he attempted to enlist in the army as a boy but was rejected as he was too young. Choules father then arranged for him to train to join the navy instead and this training ship was moored on the River Hamble, near Southampton, Hampshire, and had a dormitory ship called HMS President that had previously been HMS Gannet. The commander of the Mercury training site was the cricketer C. B, fry, and Choules time there included trips to Netley Hospital as part of the Mercurys dancing team. Choules transferred there on 10 October 1916, for what was to be the stage of his training before joining the Royal Navys Grand Fleet. On 20 October 1917, Choules joined the battleship Revenge, which was the flagship of the First Battle Squadron, in 1926, along with 11 other Royal Navy senior sailors, Choules travelled to Australia on loan as an instructor at Flinders Naval Depot. Choules decided to transfer permanently to the Royal Australian Navy after sampling and agreeing with the Australian way of life, in fact, he was only two days younger than the RAN, which was established on 1 March 1901. He took his discharge from the RAN in 1931, but remained in the reserves and rejoined the RAN in 1932 as a petty officer torpedo. He never returned to England after leaving and he was tasked with sabotaging Fremantle harbours and related oil storage tanks in the event of a Japanese invasion. Choules was also responsible for dealing with the first German mine to wash up on Australian soil during the war, near Esperance, Choules and his wife Ethel were married for 76 years, until her death at age 98. Choules shunned celebrations of the Armistice, because he was against the glorification of war and his autobiography The Last of the Last was first published in Perth in 2009, followed by an annotated edition for UK readers in 2010
8. Alphaeus Philemon Cole – Alphaeus Philemon Cole was an American artist, engraver and etcher. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and died in New York City and he was the son of noted engraver Timothy Cole. At the time of his death, at age 112 years and 136 days, in the mid-1890s, he began to produce many vibrant works, mostly various still lifes and portraits. His painting of Dante was exhibited in the 1900 Paris Salon, Cole moved to England and married sculptress Margaret Ward Walmsley in 1903. He began to venture into the fields of wood/steel engraving and etching and he contributed several drawings to the Encyclopædia Britannica. They moved again, to the United States, in 1911, in 1918, Cole became a member of the Salmagundi Club, the nations oldest professional art club. From 1924 to 1931, he taught portrait and still life classes at Cooper Union and he was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1930. He was the president of the New York Water Color Club from 1931 to 1941, in the 1940s, Cole worked as a judge of paintings in Max Pochapins Manhattan Hall of Art, a merchandising art gallery, which was a revolutionary idea at the time. From 1952 to 1953, he was president of Allied Artists of America and his first wife died in 1961, and Cole married Anita Rio, a singer, and the widow of painter Eugene Higgins, in 1962. Cole actively painted and exhibited up to the age of 103 and he died at New Yorks Chelsea Hotel, where he had lived for 35 years. Coles work is in the permanent collections of Londons National Portrait Gallery and the Brooklyn Museum and he was succeeded in title by then 111-year-old John Evans. As of August 11,2013, Prices for Coles works now reach $5,000 or more and he died at the age of 112 years,136 days
9. Giovanni Frau – This is a list of Italian supercentenarians. As of 9 April 2017, there are 17 living supercentenarians in Italy, the oldest living Italian person is Emma Morano, born 29 November 1899, age 117 years,131 days, who also is the worlds oldest living person and the oldest Italian person ever. Todde was born in the village of Tiana, in the province of Nuoro, Sardinia, born to a poor shepherd family in the medieval center of Tiana, Todde was the third of 12 children. In 1920, he married Maria Antonia, then aged 25, and they had four daughters and she died in 1990, aged 95. He left Sardinia only to fight in the First World War and he died at age 112 years,346 days on 3 January 2002. Virginia Dighero was an Italian supercentenarian, on 14 September 2005, she became the longest-lived person of Italian descent ever, having surpassed Amalia Ruggieri Barone, who was an emigrant to the United States. She was also the 7th-oldest living person in the world, at time of death, dighero-Zolezzi died of ischemia on 28 December 2005. Venere Pizzinato was an Italian supercentenarian, living to the age of 114 years,252 days, at the time of her death she was the oldest person ever from Italy, a title she held until 13 December 2011 when she was surpassed by Dina Manfredini. She was the third oldest living person, behind Besse Cooper. Pizzinato was also the oldest person ever to have born in the Austrian-Hungarian empire. She was the oldest person ever to be born and die in Italy and she was born in Ala, Trentino, then part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, on 23 November 1896. In 1902 the family moved to Verona, where they had relatives, in 1903, the family moved back to Trentino, where Pizzinato attended a boarding school in its capital city, Trento. World War I forced Pizzinato to take refuge in Bazzano, Bologna, after the war, she moved back to Milan where she took Italian citizenship and met her future husband Isidoro Papo. During the outbreak of World War II, in 1939, the moved to Nice, France. They married in France, and after the war, they moved back to Milan, upon retirement in 1964, the couple moved to Verona, where they finally settled. The couple never had any children, Pizzinato remained in Verona for the rest of her life, at the time of her death, she lived in a retirement home there. Stella Nardari was an Italian supercentenarian, aged 113 years,62 days, she was the oldest person living in Italy since the death of Venere Pizzinato, on 2 August 2011, although Dina Manfredini was the oldest living Italian person in the world. She died ranked as the worlds 10th oldest living person, after Nardaris death, Maria Redaelli became the oldest person living in Italy
10. Moses Hardy – Moses Hardy was, at age 112, the last surviving black veteran of World War I and one of the last surviving American veterans of that war. The son of slaves, Hardy was born in 1894 and lived a religious. He served in the segregated 805th infantry, which was assigned a variety of manual labor, Hardy himself served as a scout, supplying the front line troops when necessary. Though Hardy did experience combat, he was never seriously injured, instead, he preferred to recount stories about the food, the bravery of the soldiers and the weather in France. After the war, he took on a variety of jobs including bus driver, farmer, deacon and cosmetics salesman. He received the Victory Medal, a medal from the Mississippi National Guard. In 1999, the Mississippi Legislature adopted a resolution recognizing him as a citizen of Mississippi. Hardy was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi in 1894, the Hardy family was a deeply religious one, and Moses would later recount that Exodus 20,12, which instructed one to honor their parents, was his favorite Bible passage and one which he lived by. Hardy was married once, to a woman by the name of Fannie Marshall, Hardys service in France lasted from July 1918 to July 1919, and included thirty-nine combat days. As an African American, he served in an army unit, the 805th Pioneer Infantry. Although the units purpose was to support for engineer regiments. The unit focused mainly of the tasks of stevedores, such as unloading cargo from ships, Hardys outfit was armed solely with rifles, instead of standard-issue machine guns. After the war, Hardys division was responsible for cleaning up the battlefields, after a short time in the military, he claimed that he was not afraid of anything that he experienced from then on. Even in the heat of battle, Hardy professed that he would get wound up at times and he recalled many strange experiences with food and drink, such as getting used to drinking green water from canteens and eating hardtacks, which he found to be surprisingly filling. To go with this, there was little more than small tins of ham or chicken and occasionally coffee to drink. Hardy also witnessed many of his friends get killed in action, Hardy often acted as a scout who would help bring supplies to troops on the front line. On September 25,1918, he was present at the Meuse River during a gas attack and, at some point during the war. Hardy rarely spoke about the fighting itself, and preferred to talk about Frances weather when asked about his experiences overseas, throughout the years, he received the Victory Medal, the Occupational Medal from the Mississippi Army National Guard, an honourable discharge and the French Légion dhonneur
11. Hillel the Elder – Hillel was a famous Jewish religious leader, one of the most important figures in Jewish history. He is associated with the development of the Mishnah and the Talmud and he is popularly known as the author of two sayings, If I am not for myself who is for me. And being for my own self, what am I, and the expression of the ethic of reciprocity, or Golden Rule, That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah, the rest is the explanation, go and learn. Hillel was born in Babylon and, according to the Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon, Hillel descended from the Tribe of Benjamin on his fathers side, and from the family of David on his mothers side. Only Hillels brother Shebna is mentioned, he was a merchant, Hillel lived in Jerusalem during the time of King Herod and the Roman emperor Augustus. In the Midrash compilation Sifre, the periods of Hillels life are made parallel to those in the life of Moses. Both lived 120 years, and at the age of forty Hillel went to the Land of Israel, forty years he spent in study, a biographical sketch can be constructed, that Hillel went to Jerusalem in the prime of his life and attained a great age. His activity of forty years likely covered the period of 30 BCE to 10 CE, according to the Mishnah Hillel went to Jerusalem with the intention of studying biblical exposition and tradition at the age of 40 in 70 BCE. On that occasion, it is narrated, they resigned their position as Nasi in favor of Hillel. After the resignation of the Benei Betheira, Hillel was recognized as the highest authority among the Pharisees, whatever Hillels position, his authority was sufficient to introduce those decrees handed down in his name. The most famous of his enactments was the Prozbul, an institution that, a likewise tendency is found in another of Hillels institutions, having reference to the sale of houses. These two are the only institutions handed down in Hillels name, although the words that introduce the show that there were others. Of other official acts no mention is found in the sources, some of Hillel the Elders teachings remain commonly known. However, at least two other notable Hillels came after him, and some scholars have suggested that some attributed to Hillel may have originated from them. In mentioning these characteristics, which the Haggadah attributes to Moses brother and he considered love of man the kernel of Jewish teaching. The comparative response to the challenge of a Gentile who asked that the Torah be explained to him while he stood on one foot, illustrates the character differences between Shammai and Hillel. Hillels gentleness and patience are illustrated in an anecdote that describes how two men made a wager on the question of whether Hillel could be made angry, though they questioned him and made insulting allusions to his Babylonian origin, they were unsuccessful
12. Arturo Licata – Arturo Licata was an Italian supercentenarian, who lived until the age of 111 years,357 days. Licata was recognized as the worlds oldest verified living man, following the death of 112-year-old Salustiano Sanchez on 13 September 2013, Licata was born on 2 May 1902 into a family of four brothers and two sisters. At the age of nine he went to work in the mines, when he was young, Licata walked 22 kilometers every day, due to the lack of cars in his area. He worked as a miner in dangerous working conditions, and later worked at an anti-tuberculosis dispensary, Licatas career lasted for over sixty years. He had seven children, Paolo, Salvatore, Rosario, Concettina, Giuseppina, Lucia, Licata also has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife Rosa died in 1980, when Arturo was 78 years old, Licata lived in Enna, Sicily, Italy. Aside from poor hearing and eyesight, he remained in good health until May 2013 when his health began to decline and he died on 24 April 2014, a week shy of turning 112. Following his death, Alexander Imich was recognized by Guinness World Records as Licatas successor as the oldest man in the world, List of Italian supercentenarians List of the verified oldest men
13. Mark Matthews – Mark Matthews was an American veteran of the Second World War and a Buffalo Soldier. While stationed in Arizona, he joined General John J. Pershings Mexico expedition to hunt down Mexican general Pancho Villa. He was later transferred to Virginia, where he took care of President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanors horses and was a member of the Buffalo Soldiers drum and bugle corps. In his late 40s, he served in operations in the South Pacific during World War II. He was noted as an excellent marksman and horse showman, leaving the United States Army a few years before it was integrated, Matthews then took a job as a security guard in Maryland, rising to the rank of chief of the guards and then retiring in 1970. After the war, he told stories of experiences and grew to become a symbol of the Buffalo Soldiers. He met with Bill Clinton and Colin Powell in his later years, having experienced excellent health for most of his life, Matthews died of pneumonia at the age of 111 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. At the time of his death, he was recognized as the oldest living Buffalo Soldier as well as the oldest man, Matthews was born in Greenville, Alabama and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His horse riding career began early, when he would deliver newspapers on the back of a pony. When he was only 15 years old, he met members of the 10th Cavalry, although there is disagreement as to the origins of the name Buffalo Soldiers, it referred to several segregated units within the United States army. Although the legal age of recruitment was 17 at the time, documents were forged and Matthews signed up to join the army in Columbus, after his training, Matthews was first stationed in Fort Huachuca in Arizona. At the time, the army was still using Native Americans as guides in the western United States, during his tenure in the state, he was regarded as an excellent marksman. Next, he joined General John J. Pershings campaign into Mexico in 1916 to hunt for Pancho Villa, although Matthews admitted to never having met Villa, he would claim that I knew where he was at. In 1931, he was transferred to Fort Myer in Virginia, while stationed there, Matthews and some of his troops were escorts for King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth when they came to visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House. He earned acclaim for his shows, which helped sell war bonds during World War II. He also played on the team while stationed in the state. He was also a member of the Buffalo Soldiers drum and bugle corps, and performed at funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, where he himself would later be buried. Since the Army would not allow colored soldiers to be seen at white funerals at this time, a decade later, he fought in World War II and saw combat action at the Battle of Saipan in the South Pacific
14. Emiliano Mercado del Toro – Mercado became the oldest documented living person on December 11,2006, following the death of 116-year-old Elizabeth Bolden. Emiliano was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, the son of Delfín Mercado Cáceres, Emiliano worked in the cane fields until the age of 81. He never married and never had children, but said he had three girlfriends in his life, Mercado first came to the attention of longevity researchers in 2001, when a story ran about a 110-year-old veteran in a parade in Puerto Rico. After that, researchers tried to track him down, but only after the November 2004 death of Fred H. Hale, by January 2005, Guinness had accepted Emiliano as the oldest living man whose age could be fully authenticated. In addition, Emiliano Mercado del Toro was 27 years old in October 1918 when the U. S. Army drafted him to serve in World War I. As a veteran of World War I he broke the record for longest-lived veteran of any military force, Mercado was discharged the following month, when he was still 27. In 1993, he was honored by U. S. President Bill Clinton with the medal commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the truce that ended World War I. Mercado del Toro, the elder of two siblings, had to move from his familiar Cabo Rojo grounds due to a fall he had in his home when he was 102, which affected his hipbone. His 85-year-old niece took him to live with his relatives, and he was taken care of by nieces and nephews - and their families. Mercado could reminisce about being a child when U. S. troops invaded Puerto Rico in 1898 and he credited his longevity to funche, a boiled corn, codfish and milk cream-like dish, which he ate every day as a habit. Mercado also claimed that his sense of humor was probably responsible for his long life and he was 82 years old at the time and reportedly hid under a table when Oppenheimers killers started firing gunshots. Asked what he was doing there, he said, praying, or at least I was when the bullets started flying. His last two birthdays were media events in the town of Isabela, civic leaders and veterans commended Mercado on his endurance and lucid mind, but the gift he would enjoy the most was the visit of Puerto Rican vedette and media icon Iris Chacón. In an interview, Mercado claimed to be a fan of the artist. Chacón visited Mercado, who, although he could see or hear by the time of his 114th birthday, was pleased with her visit. His photo touching Chacóns rear end, with a big smile on his face and she returned the following year to greet him. After hearing news of Mercados death, Chacón was quoted as saying, I was blessed for knowing him, knowing that I made him happy, and blessed for the anecdotes and wishes he told me the times I met him. His wisdom is something I learned a lot from and his life is an example of how youre supposed to live your life, happily and doing good, for it will give you longevity and goodwill from everyone
15. Sakari Momoi – Sakari Momoi was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the worlds oldest living man from the death of Alexander Imich on June 8,2014, until his own death on July 5,2015. He was born on February 5,1903, in Fukushima Prefecture, Momoi served as the first president of Hanawa Fukushima Prefectural Technical High School from 1948 to 1951 and as the principal of Saitama Prefectural Yono High School from 1953 to 1959. He was decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 4th Class and he became oldest living man in Japan upon the death of Jokichi Ikarashi in July 2013. In an interview on Respect for the Aged Day in September 2013, on June 10,2014, it was reported that Momoi had been hospitalized in Tokyo, where he also celebrated his 112th birthday. Momoi died at a hospital in Tokyo, Japan from kidney failure at the age of 112 years,150 days and he was succeeded as the worlds oldest man by Yasutaro Koide. Oldest people List of the verified oldest men
16. Christian Mortensen – Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand Mortensen, known as an adult as Christian Mortensen, was a Danish-American supercentenarian. When he died, his age of 115 years,252 days was the longest verified lifespan of any male in history until 28 December 2012, Mortensen was the first man confirmed to reach age 115. Mortensen was baptized in Fruering Church on December 26,1882, besides his baptismal record, other records include the 1890 and 1901 census enumerations in Denmark, and church confirmation in 1896. Christian Mortensen was born the son of a tailor in the village of Skårup, near the city of Skanderborg, Denmark and he began work as a tailors apprentice in Skanderborg at age 16, in 1898, and later took work as a farmhand. Mortensen emigrated to the United States in 1903 and he traveled while working as a tailor but settled in Chicago where he had relatives. Mortensen worked various trades including as a milkman for Bordens Milk, as a restaurateur and he was married for less than ten years, divorced and had no children. In 1950, Mortensen retired near Galveston Bay, Texas, then,28 years later at the age of 96, he moved to a retirement home in San Rafael, California. Mortensen claimed he rode his bicycle to the Aldersly Retirement Community, Mortensen lived at Aldersly until his death in 1998. Mortensen enjoyed an occasional cigar and insisted that smoking in moderation was not unhealthy, Mortensen was legally blind towards the end of his life and spent much of his time in a wheelchair listening to the radio. Toward the end of his life, his memory of distant events was good, shigechiyo Izumi, Considered to be the oldest man ever by Guinness World Records until 2011
17. Salustiano Sanchez – He was born in Spain, and later emigrated to Cuba, where he lived for a few years before emigrating to the United States, living there until his death. Sanchez was born in 1901 to Baldomera Blazquez and Serafin Sanchez in the village of El Tejado de Bejar, in Salamanca province, Spain. As he was growing up, he was admired for his skills playing the musical instrument. Sanchez went to school until he was ten years old and taught himself after that point and he immigrated to Cuba at age 17 with his older brother Pedro and some of his friends. He initially worked in the cane fields. Sanchez emigrated to the United States in August 1920 and eventually got a job in the mines of Lynch. He met his future wife Pearl Emilie Chiasera at the funeral of an acquaintance in Pennsylvania. He married Chiasera in 1934 and had two children with her, sanchezs extended family includes seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Chiasera died in 1988, after which Sanchez lived with his daughter Irene before he moved into a home in 2007. Sanchez lived at a home in Grand Island, New York. Sanchez stated that his longevity was caused by eating one banana, Sanchez died of natural causes in the nursing home on Grand Island on 13 September 2013 at the age of 112 years,97 days. He was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston, New York, after his death an Italian-born man, Arturo Licata, became the worlds oldest man. List of the verified oldest men List of supercentenarians from the United States
18. Silas Simmons – The previous record was held by Red Hoff, who died at age 107 in 1998. Simmons was born in Middletown, Delaware and he was a five-foot-ten, left-handed pitcher/outfielder, and began playing for the Germantown Blue Ribbons, a semi-pro team, in 1911. In 1913, the Blue Ribbons became a team and were renamed the Homestead Grays. During his career, Simmons played on the team as Hall of Famer Pop Lloyd and against Hall of Famers Judy Johnson. Simmons ended his career soon after 1929. Simmons was married at Philadelphia by Rev. John L. Lee on September 15,1915 to Mary L. Mamie Smith and he and his wife Mary had five children and settled into life as a porter. He later became an assistant manager at Rosenbaums Department Store in Plainfield, after 29 years of marriage Mamie died ca. In 1957 Simmons married his wife, Rebecca Jones. In 1971, he retired to St. Petersburg, Florida, after 40 years of marriage, Rebecca died at the age of 96 in 1997. Simmons lived to be at least 108, and outlived all five of his children, at the time of his death Simmons had nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren. In the fall of 2005, baseball history buff and genealogist David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society rediscovered Simmons, Lambert alerted fellow baseball historians associated with the Negro Leagues, who proceeded to interview this link to early baseball. In May 2006, Dr. Layton Revel — founder of Texas-based Center for Negro League Baseball Research — met and he also organized the 111th birthday celebration for him, in 2006. It included around 30 former Negro League players from around Florida, a plaque was presented to Silas on his birthday on behalf of the Society for American Baseball Research by Lambert. He was also presented a jersey with number 111 from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Simmons died 15 days later at the Westminster Suncoast Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, Simmons listed his birthdate as October 14,1895. This is supported by his World War I draft registration card, Silas was married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 15,1915, on this record of marriage, he signs his name and gives his birthdate as October 14,1893. The 1900 census lists Silas as having been born in November 1897, however, the ages in the U. S. Census were often incorrectly recorded, a neighbor could easily have given the information if the resident was not home. Silas mother, Amy, is listed as having been born in 1882, ages in draft registration cards have also been wrong
19. Leopold Vietoris – Leopold Vietoris was an Austrian mathematician and a World War I veteran. He was born in Radkersburg and died in Innsbruck and he was known for his contributions to topology—notably the Mayer-Vietoris sequence—and other fields of mathematics, his interest in mathematical history and for being a keen alpinist. Vietoris attended the University of Vienna, where he earned his Ph. D in 1920 and he studied mathematics and geometry at the Technical University in Vienna. Vietoris was drafted in 1914 in World War I and was wounded in September that same year, on 4 November 1918, one week before the Armistice of Villa Giusti, he became an Italian prisoner of war. In autumn 1928 he married his first wife Klara Riccabona, who died while giving birth to their sixth daughter. In 1936 he married Klaras sister, Maria Riccabona, Vietoris was survived by his six daughters,17 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. Vietoris lived to be 110 years and 309 days old, leopold Vietoris at the Mathematics Genealogy Project