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In One Country, Everyone Woke Up Younger Wednesday

South Korea officially ends its traditional way of determining age

(Newser) - There's one country on the planet where people woke up younger on Wednesday. A new law took effect in South Korea that has reduced people's ages by one or two years. Historically, a baby born in South Korea was age one at birth and saw another year added...

Henry Kissinger Turns 100, and the Celebration Is Mixed
Kissinger's 100th Marked With
Tributes, New Accusations

Kissinger's 100th Marked With Tributes, New Accusations

Ex-secretary of state's sway over foreign policy isn't questioned, but calls of 'war criminal' still haunt him

(Newser) - Former diplomat and presidential adviser Henry Kissinger marks his 100th birthday on Saturday, outlasting many of his political contemporaries who guided the United States through one of its most tumultuous periods, including during the Vietnam War and his eight years as national security adviser and secretary of state under Richard...

South Koreans Might Soon Subtract a Year From Age
South Koreans to Become
Younger Under Law

South Koreans to Become Younger Under Law

Parliament votes to abolish traditional 'Korean age,' which created 'unnecessary' confusion

(Newser) - South Korea's parliament passed a law Thursday that means citizens will soon turn a year or two younger than they've been all their lives. The country's traditional method of determining age, which specifies that a child is 1 year old on the date of birth and becomes...

No Creature Walking the Earth Is Older Than This Tortoise

St. Helena's Jonathan, the oldest giant tortoise ever recorded, is at least 190 years old

(Newser) - A three-day birthday bash may seem excessive, but it's not every day you turn 190. Jonathan the giant tortoise , the oldest known living land animal, will celebrate that milestone this weekend at his home on the South Atlantic island of St. Helena. Believed to have hatched in the Seychelles...

Berlusconi's Birthday Gift From Putin Breached Sanctions

20 bottles of vodka sent to ex-Italian PM by Russian president violated measures on Ukraine

(Newser) - What do you get a former Italian prime minister who has everything when his birthday rolls around? In Silvio Berlusconi's case, his old pal Vladimir Putin figured nearly two dozen bottles of hard liquor would do the trick. Unfortunately, the European Commission has determined that thoughtful gift breaches sanctions...

Boy Vaxxed for 12th Birthday Had a Most Compelling Reason

Gavin Roberts' wish to get vaccinated as soon as he was eligible was spurred by dad's COVID death

(Newser) - On Sunday, Gavin Roberts turned 12, and instead of requesting video games or a smartphone, he had just one big item on his birthday wish list. "I kept asking him what he wanted," mom Alice Roberts tells NBC New York . "He was always saying it's the...

Pettiness From Royals Toward Harry? Not on His Birthday

Upbeat greetings poured in from the queen, William and Kate, Charles and Camilla for prince's 37th

(Newser) - Earlier this summer, things still seemed tense between Prince Harry and his family back home across the pond. But the UK royals have apparently put any lingering hostilities on the back burner, at least for the day: Harry's 37th birthday on Wednesday. First came a tweeted birthday greeting from...

Oldest US WWII Vet Celebrates 112th With Drive-By Party

New Orleans honors Lawrence Brooks with music and a parade

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday. Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by party at his New Orleans home hosted by the National World War II Museum, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. He also...

Guess Who Just Turned 80?
Guess Who
Just Turned 80?
the rundown

Guess Who Just Turned 80?

Bob Dylan hits a milestone, and the coverage is expansive

(Newser) - Bob Dylan turned 80 years old on Monday. Got a favorite song of his? Mick Jagger picks "Desolation Row." In the Guardian , Jagger notes that the song is ostensibly about "governmental, military control," but he also calls it a "really lovely song" despite the topic....

It's Been a Week of Milestones for Prince Louis

He attended his first day of preschool, then turned 3

(Newser) - The people should be pleased to know that the fifth person in line for the British throne can ride a bike. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new photo of a smiling Prince Louis on a small red bike in honor of his third birthday on Friday...

Betty White Can Stay Up Late for Her 99th

Birthday celebration will include a hot dog and feeding ducks

(Newser) - True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she said in an email, the AP reports. White's low-key plans include feeding a pair of...

Greta Thunberg Turns 18, Posts a Very Greta Tweet

Swedish climate activist also reveals her 2 birthday wishes

(Newser) - The precocious teen who stunned the world with her dedication to climate change is now a full-fledged adult. CNN reports that Swedish activist Greta Thunberg celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday, and in honor of her special day, she posted a tongue-in-cheek missive on Twitter. After thanking followers for their...

Fauci's 80th Birthday Party Was Very Fauci

Wife threw him a surprise 80th party via Zoom

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci got an early birthday gift in the form of a vaccination from the virus he's battling , but for the good doctor's actual 80th birthday on Christmas Eve, his wife threw him a surprise party—via Zoom, because we currently live in 2020. Fauci's wife...

On Her Birthday, She Asked How to Help. Requests Flooded In

Virginia's Debra Ferrell decided to make people smile during her birthday month, with 53 gifts

(Newser) - The pandemic didn't allow Debra Ferrell to gather with her whole family for her birthday. So instead, she celebrated the day by giving back—with 53 gifts from her heart. Ferrell went on social media and asked people for suggestions on acts of kindness she could perform for others...

It's Joe Biden's Birthday
It's Joe Biden's

It's Joe Biden's Birthday

He turns 78, on track to be oldest president in history

(Newser) - Joe Biden will meet with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Friday to continue laying out his plans for becoming president in January, reports Politico . (Even as President Trump digs in and promises to overturn the election results.) They might want to wish Biden happy birthday—he turns 78...

Kanye's Birthday Gift to Kim: a 'Special Surprise From Heaven'

Some think it's sweet he gave her a hologram of late dad Robert Kardashian; others think it's creepy

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian caused quite a buzz online this week after she posted pictures of her and a bunch of close friends partying on a private island for her 40th birthday, and she apparently isn't done with her celebration. This time, the reality star shared her gift from husband Kanye...

This Would Have Been Big Birthday for John Lennon

Paul McCartney posts tribute to his fellow Beatle's 80th

(Newser) - It's hard enough to wrap our heads around the fact that John Lennon was killed nearly 40 years ago. Now another fact to make our jaws drop: He would've been 80 years old Friday. And as tributes circulate on the internet , one "heartfelt message" in particular is...

Guess Who Is Turning 7, Complete With New Pictures?

Prince George was photographed by mom Kate Middleton

(Newser) - It's not out of the ordinary for moms to take pictures of their kids on their birthdays. What is unusual is for those photos to get worldwide exposure. Per a statement issued by Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Wills and Kate) are "delighted to...

Dalai Lama Marks 85th Birthday in a Big Way

Spiritual leader's first album, 'Inner World,' drops to help us 'transcend our differences'

(Newser) - If you've been anxiously waiting for the Dalai Lama's first album to drop, your wait is over (and the album can help you with some of that residual anxiety). Inner World debuts Monday, on the occasion of the Buddhist spiritual leader's 85th birthday, leaving him on track...

Ford Picks Odd Day to Release Its New Bronco

'Purely coincidental' that SUV's debut will be on July 9, OJ Simpson's birthday

(Newser) - Either the Ford Motor Company has a twisted sense of humor or it failed to realize it would be unveiling its new Bronco on OJ Simpson's birthday. The Bronco—heading back into production for the first time since 1996—is almost synonymous with the former football star and murder...

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