Born in 1899, World's Oldest Person Dies in Italy at 117

Emma Morano was the last person alive to be born in the 19th Century, before the discovery of flight.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, Emma Morano, 117 years old, blows candles on the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy.
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Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 19th Century, died on Saturday, Italian media reported. 

Morano, who lived in northern Italy, was born on Nov. 29, 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. Her life spanned three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments. 

Italian news agencies ANSA and Agi said the death was reported by her friends and family.