Amazing centenarians, past and present

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Jeralean Tally, the oldest living person in the U.S., turned 115 on May 23, 2014
Jiroemon Kimura, once the world's oldest living man, according to Guinness World Records, died of natural causes Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 116
112 year-old Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, who, according to Guinness World Records, is the new world's oldest man.
Crossword constructor Bernice Gordon, born Jan. 11, 1914, the 1st centenarian to have a grid printed in the NYTimes, published not long after the centennial of the puzzle itself.
Washington Senators pitcher Conrado Marrero in 2011 became the oldest living former MLB player. He died in Havana on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2 days short of his 103rd birthday
This 1934 photo shows Walter Walsh, world's oldest living Olympian, until he died at 106, 6 days before his next birthday in Arlington, Va.
University of Chicago Law professor Ronald Coase, a Nobel Prize winner and pioneer in applying economic theory to the law, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. He was 102.
Richard Overton, 107, the oldest living WWII veteran, center, is assisted during a Veterans Day ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Author Ida Pollock wrote more than 120 books, was believed to be the world's oldest romantic novelist, died at the age of 105.
Centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh, 101, center, runs in a 10-kilometer race, part of the annual Hong Kong Marathon 2/24/13, he then retired from racing.
Vernon Maynard, bottom, skydives with instuctor James Perez to celebrate his 100th birthday over Perris, Calif., Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Walter Crenshaw blows out the candles on his 104th birthday cake  The oldest living documented original Tuskegee Airmen member turned 104 on 10/27/13
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Amazing centenarians, past and presentJeralean Tally, the oldest living person in the U.S., turned 115 on May 23, 2014

As the U.S.'s oldest living person, Jeralean Talley, turns 115, we take a look at some of the world's most impressive seniors over the age of 100. Click through the gallery above to see them! Some sought achievements after their 100th birthdays, others survived long after astonishing accomplishments, and some just lived so long they impressed the whole world.

Born in Georgia on May 23, 1898, Talley now lives in Michigan and said she would spend her birthday getting a checkup at the doctor even though she feels fine, she said.


According to the Gerontology Research Group, these are the longest-living seniors in modern world history:

1. Jeanne Calment, died on August 4, 1997 at 122 years, 164 days, from France

2. Sarah Knauss, died on December 30, 1999 at 119 years, 97 days, from the United States

3. Lucy Hannah died on March 21, 1993 at 117 years, 248 days, from the United States

4. Marie-Louise Meilleur died on April 16, 1998 at 117 years, 230 days, from Canada

5. Mara Capovilla died on August 27, 2006 at 116 years, 347 days, from Ecuador

The research group says currently there are 74 supercentenarians in the world - persons over the age of 110 - 71 are female, three are male. Talley is No. 2 on the list, just behind Japan's Misao Okawa, pictured below, who is 116. Behind Talley on the list are Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York, and Bernice Madigan of Massachusetts, both set to turn 115 in July.