'Happy Birthday, dear Queenie' rings out as Elizabeth turns 90

Apr 22, 2016

'Happy Birthday, dear Queenie' rings out as Elizabeth turns 90

Well-wishers sang “Happy Birthday” to a smiling Queen Elizabeth II as she turned 90 on Thursday, celebrating the milestone by lighting a beacon and greeting cheering crowds in the streets. The sovereign, who has been on the throne since 1952 and steered Britain through ...

Descendant from slaves, oldest person on Earth turns 116 in Brooklyn

Jul 7, 2015

Descendant from slaves, oldest person on Earth turns 116 in Brooklyn

The world’s oldest living person, the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves, celebrated her 116th birthday on Monday in New York. Susannah Mushatt Jones marked the occasion privately with family but a public celebration is planned for Tuesday, according to the Gerontology Research ...

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Dec 18, 2014

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kg (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. ...

Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

Dec 1, 2014

Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 13 years old Monday. The Princess, a first-grader at Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School, developed a fondness for tennis last spring and enjoys playing against her parents on holiday, the ...

Dec 24, 2013

The Emperor's call for peace

Emperor Akihito on Monday celebrated his 80th birthday, becoming the second emperor to have passed this milestone while on the throne, following his father, Emperor Showa.