Timeline: 116 years (and counting) in the life of the world's oldest woman

Posted at 1:44 PM, Apr 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-05 17:37:28-04

The 1984 teen movie classic “Sixteen Candles” was a lot of fun but wouldn’t a movie called “One Hundred and Sixteen Candles” have been endlessly more interesting?

With the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa this week, Arkansas resident Gertrude Weaver, 116, became the oldest person in the world. Due to Weaver’s age, she’s been a witness to some of the most defining moments of American history.

Below are some of the headlines and pop culture moments that were happening at milestone ages for Weaver.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.