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Norway’s oldest man dies. 109-year-old says he was always cheerful. Jørgen Bernhard Rustad, the oldest man in Norway, has died. 109½-year-old Rustad from Gjøvik in Oppland municipality, was born on 12 August 1900, the same day as the USA and its allies conquered Tongzhou – approximately 12 miles from Beijing – under the so-called “Boxer Uprising”, reports TV2.

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Norway’s oldest man dies

Published on Tuesday, 20th April, 2010 at 15:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd April 2010 at 12:00.

109-year-old says he was always cheerful.

Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II's speech
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany addresses troops on 27 July 1900 prior to their departure for China to aid in putting down the Boxer RebellionGermany's Kaiser Wilhelm II's speech
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Jørgen Bernhard Rustad, the oldest man in Norway, has died.

109½-year-old Rustad from Gjøvik in Oppland municipality, was born on 12 August 1900, the same day as the USA and its allies conquered Tongzhou – approximately 12 miles from Beijing – under the so-called “Boxer Uprising”, reports TV2.

Rustad was also alive in the days of King Oscar II’s reign, when he was king of Norway and Sweden

“I was five years old in 1905. Dad was out, and there was talk that there’d be war between Norway and Sweden. But then he came home and had some apples with him, which he shared with us children. We got a half apple each, and it seemed we were big back then,” he told NRK when he celebrated his 108th birthday.

He served his compulsory first-time military service during the First World War, and at the time of WWII Rustad was in his ‘40s, working as a prison guard in Fredrikstad. By the time Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon, Rustad was a pensioner.

According to TV2, Rustad said the secret of getting old was cheerfulness, on the occasion of his 109th birthday.  

“You shouldn’t walk around being gloomy, it’s the silliest thing you can do.”

Rustad passed away peacefully, and is to be buried at Gjøvik chapel on Thursday 27 April at 12:30.



Published on Tuesday, 20th April, 2010 at 15:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd April 2010 at 12:00.

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