Celebrities Born 100 Years Ago

Ever wondered what has become of those celebrities born nearly 100 years ago? We’re here to help you find out with details about 100 of the most famous people born in 1918. Who is still living today, and what have they accomplished in their lives? Which professions tend to live longer? Which professions have the most on-the-job casualties? Read on to learn about the trends pulled from the data about the famous people born 100 years ago.

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Professions with the longest lifespan

A total of 13 celebrities born in 1918 lived to be 95 or older, and of those 13 folks, five are still alive today. Interestingly enough, all of the 13 folks who lived to be 95 years old or older held one of the same four jobs: Actors and Actresses, Artists, Politicians, and Professional Sports Players. There must be something about these four jobs that make those working in lead long and healthy lives.

  • Actors and Actresses

    • Diana Serra Cary (living)
    • Billy Graham (living)
    • Allan Arbus
    • Don Pardo
    • Ellen Dow
  • Artists

    • Frank Popper (living)
    • Artur Brauner (living)
    • Hutton Gibson (living)
    • Gerald Wilson
    • Bernard Redmont
  • Politicians

    • Konstantinos Mitsotakis
    • Helmut Schmidt
  • Professional Sports Players

    • Bobby Doerr

Professions with the shortest lifespan

On the other hand, there is one job that results in multiple deaths at young ages in comparison to our oldest surviving professions. In fact, both Alberto Ascari and Bill Vukovich died at age 37, the second youngest age of death on our 1918 celebrities list. Their job? Professional race car drivers. Both Ascari and Vukovich died during a race.

  • Race Car Drivers

    • Alberto Ascari
    • Bill Vukovich

Alberto Ascari died in a 1000 km Monza race testing a Ferrari. Ascari, who was not supposed to drive that day, flipped the Ferrari on the third lap. The crash happened on one of the most challenging high-speed corners of all time, the Curva del Vialone. The corner was renamed after Ascari’s passing in his honor.

Bill Vukovich died in a chain-reaction crash during the 1955 Indianapolis 500. Vukovich was following three other cars, the first of which swerved due to a gust of wind. Vukovich’s car burst into flames. Fellow race car driver Ed Alisaian stopped his car, which had not been affected by the pileup, in an attempt to save Vukovich, however, he was unable to do so. Vukovich was the second defending Indy 500 champion to die during the race.

Youngest death

The youngest death on the list of celebrities born in 1918 is that of George Welch. A World War II Flying Ace and a Medal of Honor nominee, Welch was also the first man to break the sound barrier in level flight with the F-100 Super Sabre. In continuing his tests on this plane, one test failed and the plane disintegrated. Welch was 36 years old when he passed away, making him the youngest on the list. He is mentioned in the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora!

Celebrities Still Alive Today

We’ve covered the longest and shortest-living professions and the youngest deaths, but now it’s time to dive into the lives of the five living celebrities born in 1918. One of these famous icons knew Martin Luther King Jr. and advised Barack Obama, one has won an Academy Award, one is a Jeopardy! grand champion and a couple even offer up advice on long-living. One thing is for certain, this is an amazing bunch of people who have had some pretty eventful lives.

Billy Graham, 99

When this post was originally published on Monday, February 19th, 2018, Billy Graham was alive. However, two days later on Wednesday, February 21st, Graham passed away in his home. Read on for a tribute to Graham and his impactful life.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, this well-known Evangelical Christian and ordained baptist rose to fame internationally after 1949, two years after the first annual Billy Graham Crusades television event which he started in 1947. Graham was the host of Hour of Decision, a popular radio show which began in 1950 that continued on for four years. Having preached to live audiences of 215 million people in more than 185 countries, Graham is widely regarded as the most influential preacher of the 20th century. He has even provided spiritual counsel to every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. Graham’s best friend was Lyndon B. Johnson.

Graham once bailed Martin Luther King out of jail in the 1960s when he was arrested for his protests. He has appeared 60 times since 1955 on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women, which is more than any other individual in the world. Graham retired in 2005. Perhaps his close relationship to God is the reason he’s still around today. He is by far the most famous person on our list.

Graham’s son shared his father’s secrets for long living in an interview back in 2015. Franklin Graham reported that he thinks his father is still alive to serve as a comfort for Christians. In the interview, Franklin said that “Especially now that we see Christians under attack in this country — and this is something, we’re going to see more and more of this — my father is still present. Even though he’s not able to speak as much as he used to, he’s still present, and I think that is a great encouragement to many people to know that Billy Graham is still with us.”

Artur Brauner, 99

Having produced over 300 films since 1946, Artur Brauner is a German film producer born in Łódź, Poland. When Brauner was a young man, he saw the film The Testament of Dr. Mabuse which reportedly was the film that inspired him to begin his career producing movies himself.

His latest film is the 2011 film Wunderkinder and his earliest film was the 1948 Morituri.

In his lifetime, his films have received two Golden Bear awards, one German Federal Film Award, one nomination for a Golden Globe, a Golden Globe, one Academy Award, was nominated two more times for an Academy Award.

Frank Popper, 99

Frank Popper, Professor of Aesthetics and Science of Art and the University of Paris VIII and historian of art and technology is still working to this day. Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Popper has written two books, both about art and technology.

Diana Serra Cary, 99

Born Peggy-Jean Montgomery and formerly known as Baby Peggy, Diana Serra Cary is a former child actress from Merced, California. She was also an author and historian. She is most notably the last living film star of the silent era.

The Hollywood silent movie era was home to three major American child stars: Jackie Coogan, Baby Marie, and Baby Peggy. Cary has been in over 150 short films between 1921 and 1923. With many adoring fans, she was nicknamed “The Million Dollar Baby” due to her $1.5 million a year salary.

However, fame proved to be fleeting in Cary’s case as by 1930, she was working as an extra in the film industry and received very little pay. From then on, with the name Diana Serra Cary, Cary switched gears and started up a career in writing and as a silent film historian. She is the author of several books and became an advocate for child stars’ rights.

In an interview with Tom Lamont, published in The Guardian in 2015 when Cary was 96, Cary said “I feel better now. I feel very, very liberated. I find you’re not surprised by unexpected things as you get older. You’ve had lots of experience, and that’s valuable. Priceless, really. Yes, I find that old age is much more pleasant than youth.”

Hutton Gibson, 99

Hutton Gibson has done a lot more with his life than birth the famous actor Mel Gibson. He is a writer, a World War II vet, and the 1968 Jeopardy! grand champion. Gibson is also the father of 10 more children other than actor Mel for a total of 11 kids. Gibson’s first wife, Anne Patricia Reilly and him married in 1944 and together they had 10 children and adopted one. As of 2003, Gibson had 48 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Curious about other trends? Plot your own map today to see trends and secrets that are near impossible to see any other way, including trends in history like 100 Years Later: Major 1918 Events Mapped Out.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Valentine’s Day, now seen as the celebration of love, is observed all over the world. Yet, it’s not all the same paper hearts and Hallmark cards that the United States has come to expect. Each country and region celebrate a little differently, as we’ve shown on the map below.

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It is often more useful to see data (based on this Wikipedia page) plotted on a map. You can make your own map with open data here. Then explore each country, or read on for more on how the world sees love on February 14.

Valentine’s Day in the United States

A U.S. celebration of Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without exchanging cards with loved ones — or potential loved ones. In fact, roughly 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year in the United States. This 190 million does not include the cards that are exchanged by children in schools — that number would be overwhelming. Valentine’s Day in the U.S. has become increasingly commercialized as the holiday encourages consumers to spend money on loved ones. In 2010, Americans spent $108 per person on Valentine’s Day and that number rose to a whopping $131 just three years later in 2013.

Valentine’s Day in Latin America

Valentine’s Day is referred to by a variety of different names throughout Latin America. From “Dia del Carino” (Affection Day) in Guatemala to “El Dia del Amor y la Amistad” (Day of Love and Friendship) in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, these Latin American countries may celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit differently than those in the U.S., but their celebrations are no less special. Not only do some of these Latin American countries recognize this holiday as one for significant others, but in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, people also celebrate and perform acts of appreciation for their friends on Valentine’s Day.

Some Latin American countries don’t celebrate their version of Valentine’s Day in February. In Brazil, “Dia dos Namorados” ("Lovers’/“Boyfriends’/Girlfriends’ Day”) is actually celebrated over the summer, in June. This is because February 14th falls very close to the Brazilian Carnival. Due to this absence of Valentine’s Day celebrations in February, Brazil is a very popular tourist spot during February for single folks from the U.S. who wish to avoid all things Valentine’s Day-related.

Colombians and other Latin American countries also partake in “Amigo Secreto” (Secret Friend) during Valentine’s Day. Similar to “Secret Santa” at Christmastime, during Amigo Secreto, participants are randomly assigned a person to whom they must give a gift.

Valentine’s Day in Europe

American Valentine’s Day culture has largely impacted how European countries celebrate Valentine’s Day. The countries most influenced by the U.S. cultural interpretation of Valentine’s Day are Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. The Swedish name for Valentine’s Day can be translated into “All Hearts’ Day," which was launched in the 1960s by the flower industry in an effort to increase spending and also due to American influence. Flower sales for All Hearts Day in Sweden are only exceeded by flower sales for one other holiday: Mother’s Day. In Norway and Denmark, much like in the United States, people take the time to eat a romantic dinner with a loved one or send cards or roses on Valentine’s Day.

The United Kingdom celebrates Valentine’s Day much like the United States with just under half of the population spending money on their Valentines. 25 million cards are sent each year. In Ireland, those who seek love make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Valentine in Dublin and pray in hope of finding love on Valentine’s Day.

Similar to many Latin American countries, some European countries also view Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate friendship rather than romantic love. In both Finland and Estonia, Valentine’s Day is a day to remember friends, and is called ystävänpäivä in Finland which translates to “Friend’s Day.” Estonia’s word for Valentine’s Day also translates to “Friend’s Day.”

Romania has also started to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This has drawn backlash from several groups, institutions and nationalist organizations who condemn Valentine’s Day for being superficial and an import from Western countries.

Valentine’s Day in Asia: Religious Bans

In some countries throughout Asia, Valentine’s Day is banned for religious reasons. When Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Pakistan in the 1990s, the Jamaat-e-Islami political party banned the celebration of the holiday. Since then, the local Peshawar government, other cities, and Islamabad High Court have all denounced the holiday. Despite this, there are still those who celebrate the holiday.

Recently in Iran, Islamic teachers have criticized Valentine’s Day because the holiday contradicts Islamic culture. In 2011, the Iranian printing works owners’ union issued a directive banning the printing and distribution of any goods promoting the holiday, including cards, gifts, and teddy bears.

Religious police banned the sale of all Valentine’s Day items in Saudi Arabia in 2002 and 2008, telling shop workers to remove any red items because the day is considered a Christian holiday. This ban has actually created a black market for roses and wrapping paper. In 2012, religious police arrested more than 140 Muslims for celebrating the holiday and confiscated all red roses from flower shops. Muslims are not allowed to celebrate the holiday, and non-Muslims can only celebrate behind closed doors.

Valentine’s Day in Asia: Lawful Celebrations

Valentine’s Day was first introduced in Japan in 1936 by a cake company that decided to run an advertisement. The Japanese custom that only women give chocolates to men may have originated from the translation error of the cake company executive during the initial campaigns. In the 1980s, the Japanese National Confectionery Industry Association launched a campaign to make March 14 a “reply day,” where men are expected to return the favor to those who gave them chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Men are expected to return gifts that are at least two or three times more valuable than the gifts they received on Valentine’s Day.

In South Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14, and men give non-chocolate candy to women on March 14 (White Day). On April 14 (Black Day), those who did not receive anything on February 14 or March go to a Chinese-Korean restaurant to eat black noodles and lament their ‘single life.’

The map above provides a glimpse into how various countries around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. No matter how, or even when or if you celebrate the holiday, take some time to remember your friends and loved ones. And if you’re still heartbroken about the results of Super Bowl LII, cheer up by checking out your favorite team’s records in Super Bowl Winners and Losers.

Super Bowl Winners and Losers

Football fans get ready! As the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots gear up for Super Bowl LII, here’s a look back at Super Bowl history. Which teams have made out with multiple wins and which teams haven’t yet had the opportunity to show their stuff on the Super Bowl field? Use the map below to see the Super Bowl data, or read on to see what insights we’ve pulled from the record books.

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Most Super Bowl Wins

While many a football aficionado may know that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the reigning champs of the Super Bowl, there are more teams on the most Super Bowl Wins list to remember during this Super Bowl season. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers do deserve some recognition for being the only team in the NFL with six Super Bowl wins. Having appeared eight times in the Super Bowl, six of eight or a 75% winning percentage isn’t half bad. The Steelers’ most recent win was in 2008 but the team most recently appeared in the 2010 Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Top 10

Team Appearances Wins
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 6
Dallas Cowboys 8 5
New England Patriots 9 5
San Francisco 49ers 6 5
Green Bay Packers 5 4
New York Giants 5 4
Denver Broncos 8 3
Oakland Raiders 5 3
Washington Redskins 5 3
Baltimore Ravens 2 2

The Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers are all tied on our list with five Super Bowl wins. The Cowboys have actually played our top winning team, the Steelers, in three different Super Bowls. The Steelers won Super Bowls X and XIII and the Cowboys beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. Talk about a long-standing rivalry!

Our third place team, the Patriots, have also gone head to head more than once with our sixth-place team, the New York Giants. These two teams have played each other twice in the Super Bowl and surprisingly enough, our sixth-place team beat the Patriots in both Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.

The Washington Redskins, with their three Super Bowl wins, haven’t appeared since they won the Super Bowl in 1991, a pretty long Super Bowl drought for a three-time champion team.

There are 10 other NFL teams that have one at least one Super Bowl.

Highest Winning Percentage

The more times a team has appeared in the Super Bowl, the harder it can be to maintain that perfect winning percentage. Only four teams in the entire NFL can brag that they have a perfect winning percentage of 100%.

Team Appearances Wins
Baltimore Ravens 2 2
New Orleans Saints 1 1
New York Jets 1 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1

These four teams have won just as often as they have appeared in the Super Bowl: the New Orleans Saints (in 2009,) the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in 2002,) the Baltimore Ravens, having won both times they appeared in the Super Bowl in 2000 and then again twelve years later in 2012, and finally the New York Jets way back in 1968.

The Jets have had a substantial Super Bowl drought, not having won nor appeared in a Super Bowl since their win in Super Bowl III.


The National Football League (NFL) is comprised of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), and these two conferences have a rivalry all their own. With 16 teams in each conference and a grand total of 32 teams in the NFL, there is some steep competition in order to end up one of the two teams that get the chance to play in the Super Bowl each year.

The NFC has more Super Bowl wins than the AFC. With 24 wins, the NFC has just a small leg up above the AFC which has 23 Super Bowl wins. Most of the NFC’s 24 wins come from the 1980s and 1990s. The NFC won 16 out of 20 Super Bowls during the two decades. They even went on a 13-game winning streak from Super Bowl XIX to Super Bowl XXXI.

However, the AFC made a great comeback with two consecutive wins in 1997 and 1998. The AFC would go on to win 9 out of the 12 Super Bowls leading from 1997-2009.

Currently, the NFC and the AFC are pretty even, with four teams from the AFC and four from the NFC winning Super Bowls on and off since 2010.

NFL Teams Without a Super Bowl

Although the focus of this post is on winning, we thought it would be neat to provide a list of the 13 NFL teams who have not won a Super Bowl title. This leaves more teams (19/32) with a Super Bowl win than those who have never seen that coveted ring.

  • Buffalo Bills (appeared in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993)
  • Minnesota Vikings (1969, 1973, 1974, and 1976)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1998, 2016)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1981, 1988)
  • Carolina Panthers (2003, 2015)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1980, 2004)
  • Arizona Cardinals (2008)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (1994)
  • Tennessee Titans (1999)
  • Cleveland Browns (never appeared)
  • Detroit Lions (never appeared)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (never appeared)
  • Houston Texans (never appeared)

Highest Scoring Super Bowls

As for the highest scoring Super Bowls, the 1989 game saw the highest score for one team. In this Super Bowl XXIV, the San Francisco 49ers played a sweeping game against the Denver Broncos that resulted in a 55-10 win for the 49ers, and the Super Bowl record for most points scored by one team.

A close second came three years later with Super Bowl XXVII. In this game, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in the second highest points scored by a single team Super Bowl game in history.

The highest cumulative single game score goes to Super Bowl XXIX two years later with a San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers game that ended in a 49-26 win for the 49ers. The cumulative points for both teams add up to 75.

Curious to see if Super Bowl LII surpasses any of these records? If the New England Patriots win this year, they will share the top spot for most wins (six!) with the Steelers. Watch the game on February 4th, 2018 to find out.

And if you’re more of a baseball fan, check out Mapping World Series Winners and Losers.