112-Year-Old New Yorker is the Oldest Man In The World, Oldest Woman 115
A 112-year-old man from West New York was deemed the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records, according to a July 25 Huffington Post article.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, a self-taught musician and coal miner, became the world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura from Japan died June 12 at age 116.
The world's oldest person a 115-year-old Japanese woman named Misao Okawa.
Huffington Post reported that Guinness World Records used census reports, immigration papers, marriage records and news reports to confirm Sanchez-Blazquez and Okawa were indeed breaking the records.
Though Sanchez-Blazquez currently lives in New York he was born in Spain and spent some time in Cuba as well, working in the cane fields. After coming through Ellis Island in 1920 he started owrking in the coal mines of Kentucky before moving to the Niagara falls are of New York when he married his wife Pearl.
Huffington Post reported that Guinness World Records, provided a statement saying Sanchez-Blazquez, whose nickname is "Shorty," said he was humbled by the attention, and that he didn't feel he accomplished anything special just because he has lived longer than others.
"He says, 'I'm an old man and let's leave it at that,'" said his 69-year-old daughter, Irene Johnson.
Besides his daughter, he has a 76-year-old son, John, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
Sanchez-Blazquez also said his long life can be attributed to eating a banana every day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets.
The oldest person recorded was Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died at 122-years-old.