1World's Last Execution By Guillotine
After unsuccessfully forcing Bousquet into prostitution she filed a complaint against him, which lead him to seek revenge. Djandoubi lured two other young girls into a prostitution ring and forced them to watch as he kidnapped Bousquet, raped her, and burned her breasts and genitals with cigarettes before finally driving her out of town and strangling her to death.
Djandoubi attempted to kidnap another girl one month later, but she was able to escape and report him to the police. He was executed by guillotine on September 10, 1977. France abolished capital punishment in 1981.
2World's Last Matriarchal Society
Most importantly, the women of the Mosuo tribe practice a zuo hun, or “walking marriage,” which means that after they are initiated at the age of 13 women may take as many lovers as they wish throughout their lifetime. Any resulting children are raised by the women of the tribe and men are all referred to as “Uncles.” Paternity is never discussed or questioned.
3World's Last American WWI Survivor
Not long ago Mr. Buckles lobbied for a new WWI memorial in Washington, D.C., making him the oldest person ever to have testified before the U.S. Senate.
Note: Sadly, a reader has just informed us that Mr. Buckles died yesterday (February 27, 2011) at age 110. Our sympathy goes out to his family.
4World's Last Man To Set Foot On The Moon
Though Schmitt was the last person to step onto the surface of the moon, he re-entered the spacecraft ahead of Cernan, making Cernan the world's last person to ever set foot on the Moon.
5World's Last Geochelone Abigdoni Tortoise
6World's Last Handwritten Newspaper
The Musalman is the oldest Urdu-language newspaper and is distributed to nearly 22,000 citizens each day. It is largely considered to be the world's only remaining handwritten newspaper of its kind.
7World's Last Language To Go Extinct
Extinct languages are different than “Dead” languages because dead languages (like Latin and Sanskrit) are kept alive by scholars who study them. Extinct languages are permanently gone when the last native speaker dies. Though Aka Bo is the most recent language to disappear, it may not remain the world's last forever. It is estimated that half of the nearly six thousand languages spoken in the world will become extinct within the next 200 years.
8World's Last Giant Gold Nugget
This nugget is said to be the last of its kind in the world; it will be auctioned off in March 2011, and is expected to fetch nearly half a million dollars.
9World's Last Naturally-Occurring Case of Smallpox
The world's last victim of the naturally-occurring Smallpox virus was Rahima Banu of Bangladesh, who was two years-old when she contracted the disease in October of 1975. Once the World Health Organization was notified, Banu received the vaccine and was completely cured. She married at age eighteen, had four children, and is still alive today.
Sadly, Janet Parker, a medical photographer at the University of Birmingham Medical School in the UK was not so fortunate. When Janet contracted a lab-generated version of the Smallpox virus in 1978 she became the World's Last person to die from the disease.
10World's Last Seagoing Paddle Steamer
11World's Last Atomic Bombing
Though Germany had surrendered in May of 1945, an act that ended the war in Europe, Japan had refused to surrender. U.S. President Harry S. Truman issued the order to bomb the two Japanese cities. Over the course of the next several months 90,000-160,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 people in Nagasaki died either from the injuries sustained during the bombings, burns, or subsequent radiation sickness.
12World's Last U.S. State To Abolish Slavery
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