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World's oldest person celebrates 116th birthday

3:29am IST - 01:37

Miss Susie Mushatt Jones celebrates her 116 birthday in New York City and becomes the world's oldest person. Roselle Chen reports.

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The world's oldest living person, the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves, celebrated her 116th birthday in New York City. Family, friends, neighbors and city leaders sang "Happy Birthday" to Miss Susie Jones during her public celebration. Huge silver balloons and a large birthday cake decorated with her favorite things; a pretty dress, bacon and chicken legs, marked her 116th year festivities. Jones was born in Alabama in 1899 and worked as a housekeeper and childcare provider until 1965 when she retired. Miss Susie never had children but has more than 100 nieces and nephews. SOUNDBITE: Lois Mushatt Judge, niece, saying (English): "Only a few have gone to make it to 116. It's really, really a special place to be." SOUNDBITE: Lavilla Mushatt Watson, niece, saying (English): "She helped to establish what they call a Calhoun Club and they raised money to establish a scholarship for African-American young people because they didn't have scholarships for them at that time." Jones credits her longevity to never smoking or drinking. Her family credits her upbeat personality. SOUNDBITE: Lecettie Mushatt Simpson, niece, saying (English): "She could be pretty feisty at times. You know, she can tell you, 'Leave me the hell alone.'" Jones is the third consecutive American to hold the title of world's oldest person, according to the Guinness World Records, while the person to have the longest confirmed lifespan is Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at 122 years old.

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World's oldest person celebrates 116th birthday

3:29am IST - 01:37