|At Age 60 || |
| ||In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. |
| ||In 1965, Satchel Paige throws three innings for Kansas City, becoming the oldest player to ever pitch in the Major Leagues. Click Here to watch our story on Negro League All-Stars. |
| At Age 62 || |
| || In 1885, Louis Pasteur gives the first injection against rabies. |
| || In 1969, John Wayne wins an Oscar for "True Grit." |
| At Age 68 || |
| ||In 1966, Lillian Carter, President Jimmy Carter's mother, joins the Peace Corps and spends the next two years working as a nurse near Bombay, India. |
| At Age 70 || |
| ||In 1543, Copernicus, the Father of modern astronomy, published his then revolutionary theory that the Earth revolved around the sun. |
| ||In 1984, Fitness guru Jack LaLanne tows 70 boats with 70 people from New York's Queen's Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary for 1 1⁄2 miles. Oh, and he was handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents at the time. Click Here to Listen to the GB Radio Interview with Jack. |
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At Age 60
At Age 62
At Age 68
- In 1885, Louis Pasteur gives the first injection against rabies.
- In 1969, John Wayne wins an Oscar for "True Grit."
At Age 70
- In 1966, Lillian Carter, President Jimmy Carter's mother, joins the Peace Corps and spends the next two years working as a nurse near Bombay, India.
At Age 73
- In 1543, Copernicus, the Father of modern astronomy, published his then revolutionary theory that the Earth revolved around the sun.
- In 1984, Fitness guru Jack LaLanne tows 70 boats with 70 people from New York's Queen's Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary for 1 1⁄2 miles. Oh, and he was handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents at the time. Click Here to Listen to the GB Radio Interview with Jack.
At Age 74
- In 1981, Rex Harrison launches an 11-month tour in "My Fair Lady." Cathleen Nesbitt, 92, plays his mother.
At Age 76
- In 1981, Katherine Hepburn stars in "On Golden Pond" with 76-year-old Henry Fonda.
At Age 77
- In 2002, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing democracy and human rights.
- In 1994, Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.
- In 1819, Thomas Jefferson opens the University of Virginia after designing its buildings and planning its curriculum.
At Age 78
- In 1998, John Glenn returns to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest person to ever fly in space.
- In 1951, Winston Churchill returns to power as prime minister of England.
At Age 79
- In 2004, Alan Greenspan begins his fifth term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
At Age 80
- In 1900, Clara Barton spends six weeks directing flood relief efforts for victims of the Galveston, Texas floods.
At Age 81
- In 1555, Michelangelo is still painting, sculpting and writing poetry.
- In 1975, George Burns wins an Academy Award for his performance in "The Sunshine Boys".
At Age 82
- In 1931, Goethe completes his masterpiece, Faust.
At Age 83
At Age 84
- In 1789, Benjamin Franklin adds to a long list of inventions with something every midlifer can use -- bifocal glasses.
At Age 85
- In 1958, W. Somerset Maugham wrote Points of View at 84.
At Age 86
- In 1969, Coco Chanel headed up her own fashion design firm
At Age 88
- In 1961, Robert Frost recites his poem "The Gift Outright" from memory at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
- In 1995, Frank Lloyd Wright is still designing homes and buildings and publishes, "The Natural House."
At Age 89
At Age 90
- In 1964, Albert Schweitzer headed a hospital in Africa.
- In 1976, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his finest performances at Carnegie Hall at age 89.
- In 1979, Colonel Harlan Sanders is traveling 245,000 miles a year visiting Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants worldwide.
At Age 91
- In 1971, Pablo Picasso is still at work as a painter, as is Georgia O'Keefe in 1977.
- In 2005, "Banana George" Blair becomes the oldest person to ever go barefoot waterskiing. (Click here to watch him in action)
At Age 93
- In 1932, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was still writing U.S. Supreme Court opinions.
- In 1964, Adolph Zukor was Chairman of Paramount Pictures. After retiring, he remained Chairman emeritus until his death at age 103.
At Age 94
- In 1949, George Bernhard Shaw wrote the play "Farfetched Fables."
- In 2007, the legendary Frankie Manning releases his autobiography, "Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop." It reaches No. 7 on Amazon.com's best-seller list. To celebrate, a swing dance party is planned with Frankie leading the way on the dance floor. (Click here to listen to GB's interview with Frankie)
At Age 96
- In 1971, Pablo Casals conducted a special concert at the United Nations
- In 1978, Catherine Booth, commissioner of the Salvation Army in the United Kingdom, is chosen Toastmaster's Best Speaker of the Year.
- In 2006, Buck O'Neil signs with minor league team and becomes the oldest man to ever play professional baseball.
At Age 97
- In 1993, Stanley Wood of Shoreham-by-Sea, England, is at the controls of a Piper Cherokee, capping a flying career that spans more than 80 percent of the history of aviation.
At Age 98
- In 1970, Bertrand Russell was Instrumental in international peace efforts.
- In 2007, Roger Gentilhomme earns his fifth trip to the Senior Olympics by capturing gold medals in shuffleboard, bowling and tennis at the Florida Senior Games. He's named the state's male athlete of the year. (Click here to listen to GB's interview with Roger)
At Age 100
- In 1976, Dimitrion Yordanidis becomes the oldest person to complete a marathon. In Athens, Greece, he runs 26 miles in 7 hours, 33 minutes.
At Age 102
- In 1960, Grandma Moses illustrates Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas." It's published after her death.
- In 1994, Ichijirou Araya climbs Mt. Fuji in Japan, a 12,388-foot mountain.
At Age 109
- In March 1971, Alice Pollock of Haslemere, England, publishes her first book, "Portrait of My Victorian Youth."
- In 1991, Minnie Munro marries Dudley Reid, 83, in New South Wales, Australia.
At Age 116
At Age 122
- In 1981, Shigechiyo Izumi, the world's oldest person, is visited on his birthday by the prime minister of Japan.
At Ages 900+
- In 1997, Jeanne Louise Clement of France dies. She's the oldest living person whose date can be authenticated. She took up fencing at 85, still rode a bicycle at 100 and released a rap CD at 121.
- The Book of Genesis says that Adam died at 930, Noah at 950 and Methuselah at 969. Methuselah died the same year as Noah's flood.