World's oldest man in Japan celebrates 116th birthday
Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura, who holds the distinction of being the world's oldest living person, is celebrating his 116th birthday on Friday.
Mr Kimura, born on 19 April 1897, is believed to be the last known man to have lived across three centuries.
He worked as a postman until he was 65 years old before taking up farming until he was 90. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22211753
What happened in 1897? (116 years ago)April 19 The first Boston Marathon is held, with fifteen men competing, and won by John McDermott
May 14 "The Stars and Stripes Forever', the American patriotic march by John Philip Sousa, is performed for the first time
June 22 The Diamond Jubilee is celebrated in the United Kingdom to honor Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne. No other British monarch will celebrate such a jubilee until June 2, 2012, when the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II is observed
July 17 β The Klondike Gold Rush begins when the first successful prospectors arrive in Seattle
September 1 β The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.
September 21 β Francis P. Church responds to a letter to the editor that is known as the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus letter.
The word "computer", meaning an electronic calculation device, is first used.
Bayer first produces Aspirin.