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A World Apart: Two Women With Birthdates in 1800s Are Still Alive

Emma Morano (left): In this Friday, June 26, 2015 photo, Emma Morano, 115, looks at an old portrait of herself in her apartment in Verbania, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Susannah Mushatt Jones (right):In this Monday, June 22, 2015 photo, Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, right, is embraced by her niece Lois Judge in her room at the Vandalia Avenue Houses, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Jones and Emma Morano, of Verbania, Italy, who is also 115, are believed to be the last two people in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Anna Morano  Born: Nov. 29, 1899  Verbania, Italy
  • Susannah Mushatt Jones  Born: July 6, 1899  Brooklyn, New York

When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s.

The world has multiplied and changed drastically in their lifetimes. They have seen war destroy landmarks and cities and have seen them rebuilt. They witnessed the Gilded Age, a term coined by Mark Twain, and the dawn of civil rights, the rise and fall of the fascists and Benito Mussolini, the first polio vaccines and the first black president of the United States.

Jones, who lives in Brooklyn, currently tops a list of supercentenarians, or people who have lived past 110, which is maintained by Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. The organization tracks and maintains a database of the world's longest-living people. Morano, of Verbania, Italy, is just a few months younger than Jones and is Europe's oldest person, according to the group. The group knows of no others born in the 1800s.

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