Guinness World Records List
Guinness World Records List

11251Youngest person to discover an asteroidLuigi SanninoItaly, La Spezia,Monte Viseggi Observatory04 September 1999On 4 September 1999, 18-year old Luigi Sannino (Italy) became the youngest ever astronomer to discover an asteroid. Using telescopes at Monte Viseggi Observatory, La Spezia, Italy, the young Sannino and observing colleague P. Pietrapiana tracked the course of the asteroid now named 12575 Palmaria (1999 RH1) by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre.The discovery was officially recorded in the Minor Planet Circular No. 41032 on July 26th 2000, and also recorded in the "The Dictionary of the Minor Planet Names", 5th edition, pages 785 - 786 (2003). 12575 Palmeria is a small Main-belt asteroid with an Absolute Magnitude (brightness) of only 14.6 magnitude 6 being the highest numerical magnitude visible to the naked eye. It orbits the Sun every 3.47 years.
11252Most consecutive years of Oscars coverage by an entertainment reporterBob ThomasUnited States, Los Angeles07 March 2010The most consecutive years of coverage of The Oscars (Academy Awards, USA) by an entertainment reporter is 66 years and was achieved by Bob Thomas (b. 26 January 1922, USA), who covered his first Oscars ceremony in March 1944 and continued to do so for every consecutive year until his 66th (and last) ceremony on 7 March 2010. Bob Thomas also holds the record for the 'longest career as an entertainment reporter'. He has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
11253Most football (soccer) divisions played in for one club by an individual
11254Oldest convicted bank robberJ.L. Hunter RountreeUnited States, Query12 August 2003The world’s oldest convicted bank robber is J.L. Hunter Rountree (b. 1911, USA) who was sentenced to 151 months in prison on 23 January 2004 at the age of 92 after he pleaded guilty to robbing $1,999 (£1,243.08) from a bank in Texas, USA on 12 August 2003. He was not armed.On entering the bank, Rountree was carrying two envelopes, one of which had the word "Robbery" written on it. He proceeded to the counter and handed the bank clerk both envelopes.After asking Rountree twice if he was joking, the bank clerk put the money into the envelope and Rountree then made off in a 1996 Buick sedan. According to the police, a bank employee noted the license plate of the vehicle and Rountree was pulled over by police on a highway about 20 miles (32 km) from the crime scene, 30 minutes after the robbery. Rountree, nicknamed Red, said he robbed his first bank when he was around 80 because he wanted revenge on banks for sending him into a financial crisis. He was also caught holding up a bank in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1998 when he was 87, and given three years' probation. In a prison interview with the Orlando Sentinel in 2001, Rountree said, "A Corpus Christi (Texas) bank that I'd done business with had forced me into bankruptcy. I have never liked banks since," he told the paper. "I decided I would get even. And I have." He also told the paper that prison food was better than what was served at some nursing homes
11255Heaviest object weighedBuffalo Hydraulic2423 tonne(s) (metric ton)United States, Cape Canaveral23 January 2004The heaviest object ever directly weighed was the Revolving Service Structure (RSS) of launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA. The structure was lifted up on 21 jacking points which, between them, measured the mass of the RSS as 2,423 tonnes (5,342,000 lbs). The work was carried out by Industrial Steel Inc. (USA) and Buffalo Hydraulic (USA) on 23 January 2004.
11256Oldest Oscar nominee for Best ActressEmmanuelle RivaNot Applicable10 January 2013Emmanuelle Riva (b. 24 February 1927) is the oldest person ever nominated for an acting category in the Academy Awards, earning a nomination for Best Leading Actress in the 2012 awards for her role in Michael Haneke’s Amour. Riva was 84 years old when she played the role, and the awards ceremony took place on her 86th birthday.
11257Oldest regular blood donorMaurice Creswick84/17 year(s), day(s)South Africa, Maurice Creswick (South Africa, b. 25 April 1926) began donating blood on his 18th birthday in 1944. On 12 May 2010 Mr Creswick donated his 380th unit (171 litres 37.6 gal 45 US gal) of whole blood aged 84 years 17 days and continues to do so regularly.
11258Largest tumour at birthPalin KhundongbamIndia, Imphal17 March 2003A benign cystic hygroma weighing 1.2 kg (2 lb 9 oz) was removed successfully from the neck of a baby boy (India, b. 5 March 2003) by a team lead by Dr. Palin Khundongbam at Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Imphal, Manipur, India on 17 March 2003. The tumour represented 40% of the child's total bodyweight of 3 kg (6 lb 8.5 oz).
11259Youngest X Games athleteJagger EatonUnited States28 June 2012The youngest X Games athlete ever is Jagger Eaton (b. 21 February 2001, USA) who was 11 years 129 days old when he made his debut at X Games 18 (28 June - 1 July 2012) when he competed in Skateboard Big Air in Los Angeles, California, USA.
11260Longest Wi-Fi connection (ground level)Ben Corrado, Andy Meng, Justin RiglingUnited States, Las Vegas30 July 2004In July 2004 Ben Corrado, Andy Meng and Justin Rigling (all USA) achieved Wi-Fi wireless communication between two computers some 88.6 km (55.1 miles) apart in the desert outside Las Vegas (USA). They achieved this distance using home-made antennae and using the 802.11b wireless protocol. Their attempt made them the 2004 winners of the DefCon Annual DefCon Wi-Fi Shootout.
11261First non-US Snowboarder to earn SuperPipe Gold X GamesAntti AuttifirstFinland, Aspen,Colorado01 January 2005Antii Autti (b. 15 March 1985, Finland) became the first snowboarder from outside the US to earn a gold medal at SuperPipe at Winter X Games 9 in Aspen, Colorado, USA, in 2005. He landed back-to-back 1080s (three full rotations) to take the top spot over Danny Kass and Shaun White.
11262Oldest person to row across any ocean (female)Suzanne M PintoSpain, Gran Canaria31 January 2011Suzanne Pinto (USA, b. 4 March 1953) was 57 years 333 days old when she helped row the £80,000 ($126,800) 14-man vessel Britannia III across the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands to Barbados in the West Indies in 42 days 17 hr 54 min between 31 January and 15 March 2011.
11263Youngest kite surfing world champion (female)Gisela PulidoSpain04 November 2004The youngest kitesurfing world champion (female) is Gisela Pulido (b.14 January 1994, Spain) who won her first Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) world championship, on 4 November 2004 aged 10 years and 294 days.She also won her first Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) championship on 26 August 2007 aged 13 years 224 days.Gisela Pulido is also the youngest athlete to be nominated for the Laureus Awards and four times Kitesurfing world champion, three in the KPWT series and one in the PKRA.
11264Youngest person to row across any ocean (non-solo)Eoin HartwrightSpain, N/A23 December 2013As part of the four-man crew of Trilogy Extra, Eoin Charlie Hartwright (UK, b. 17 January 1997) became the youngest person to row across an ocean when he rowed the Atlantic (east to west), leaving La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain, on 23 December 2013, when he was 16 years 340 days old.Eoin's team Atlantic Quad, which also included Simon Hartwright, Matthew Collier and Tom Alden, reached Antigua on 4 February 2013 having rowed 3,000 miles in 43 days and 21 hours. The start of the row was on 23 December 2013 at 08:00 GMT.
11265Youngest person to row the Pacific east to west soloPeter BirdAustralia, San Francisco14 June 1983Peter Bird (UK, b. 19 February 1947) was the youngest person to row East-West across the Pacific in his boat, Hele-on-Britannia, leaving San Francisco, USA on 23 August 1982 and arriving in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia on 14 June 1983 at the age of 36 years, 114 days. In doing so, Peter became the first to row the Pacific solo. NB this was not 'unsupported' as he was re-supplied enroute.Sadly, Peter later died in June 1996 trying to row West to East across the Pacific.
11266Oldest person to row across any oceanThomas ButscherMorocco, Tarfaya15 January 2011Swiss/Canadian oarsman Thomas Butscher (b. 11 June 1944) was 67 years 210 days old when he joined the 16-man crew of the catamaran Big Blue and successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean east to west from Tarfaya in Morocco to Barbados in the West Indies in 47 days 18 hr between 15 January and 4 March 2011.
11267First Japanese-born player in the NBAYuta TabusefirstUnited States, Phoenix,Arizona03 November 2004The first Japanese-born player to appear in an NBA game is Yuta Tabuse (b. 5 October 1980, Yokomoto, Japan), playing for the Phoenix Suns (USA), against the Atlanta Hawks (USA) in Phoenix, Arizona, on 3 November 2004. The 5-foot 9-inch, 165-pound point guard scored seven points in ten minutes of playing time during the Suns’ 112-82 victory.
11268First brothers to receive Oscar nominations for best actorJoaquin Phoenix, River PhoenixUnited States01 January 2006River Phoenix (USA, 23 August 1970­ - 31 October 1993) received an American Academy Award nomination (at the 1989 ceremony) for Best Actor ­at the age of 17 ­ for his role in Sidney Lumet's (USA) Running on Empty (USA, 1988) his brother Joaquin (USA, b. 28 October 1974) received his nomination (at the 2006 ceremony) for Walk the Line (USA, 2005). Neither brother went on to win the coveted statue.
11269Longest surviving heart-lung-liver-kidney transplant patientMark DolbyUnited Kingdom22 April 2009The longest surviving heart, lung, liver and kidney transplant patient is Mark Dolby (UK, b. 19 February 1961), who received a triple transplant on 21 August 1987, and a kidney transplant in December 2005, at Harefield Hospital, Greater London, UK. He still holds the record as of 22 April 2009, over 21 years later.He was the first man in the world and the second person ever to have a triple transplant operation.
11270Youngest person to enter UK albums chartConnie TalbotUnited Kingdom08 December 2007Connie Talbot (UK, b. 20 November 2000), who was runner-up in the first Britain’s Got Talent (ITV, UK) TV series, became the youngest artist to reach the UK Album Chart when her debut record Over The Rainbow entered on 8 December 2007, just 18 days after her seventh birthday.
11271Youngest person to swim the English Channel (male)Thomas GregoryNot Applicable06 September 1988The youngest person, and the youngest male, to swim the English Channel is Thomas Gregory (UK, b. 6 October 1976) who was aged 11 years, 336 days when he swam across in 11 hr 54 min on 6 September 1988.This record is for reference, and cannot be attempted, as there is now a minimum age of 16 years for swimming the English Channel.
11272First detection of an exoplanet atmosphereUnknown01 November 2001In November 2001, astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect light passing through the atmosphere at the edge of the planet HD 209458b as it passed in front of its star. Spectral analysis of this light revealed the presence of sodium in the atmosphere of this scorched gas giant, which orbits its star in just 3.5 days. Subsequent observations of this planet have suggested the presence of water vapour in its atmosphere.
11273First flight from Hawaii to North AmericaAmelia EarhartfirstUSA, Wheeler Field,Honolulu,Hawaii,Oakland Airport,Oakland,California11 January 1935On 11 January 1935, Amelia Earhart (USA) made the first successful solo flight from Wheeler Field, Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland Airport in Oakland California. The flight lasted 18 hours and covered a distance of 2,400 miles. A prize of US$ 10,000 had been offered by commercial interests in Honolulu for the first such flight. The aircraft used was a Lockheed Vega 5b. Two years later, on 2 July 1937, she disappeared in the South Pacific while attempting to fly around the world.
11274Oldest person to sail single-handedly around the world - female
11275Youngest person to start in the NHL ice hockey All-Star GameSidney CrosbyUnited States24 January 2007At 19 years 170 days, Sidney Crosby (b. 7 August 1987, Canada) of the Pittsburgh Penguins (USA) was in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game on 24 January 2007, becoming the youngest-ever player elected by the fans since All-Star fan balloting began in 1986.
11276Youngest winner of the Le Mans 24-hour raceAlexander WurzFrance16 June 1996Before switching to Formula One, Alexander Wurz (Austria, b. 15 February 1974) cut his teeth in the world’s oldest and most prestigious endurance race: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On 15–16 June 1996, driving for Joest Racing (Germany), he became the French event’s youngest-ever winner, aged just 22 years 123 days.
11277Youngest person to row any ocean soloKatie SpotzSenegal, Dakar03 January 2010On 14 March 2010, Katie Spotz (USA, b 18 April 1987) became the world’s youngest ocean rower when she completed her 70-day paddle across the Atlantic east to west from Dakar, Senegal, to Georgetown, Guyana. She had set off on 3 January 2010, aged just 22 years 260 days.
11278Most US Hot 100 hits by a rapperLil WayneUnited States15 November 2014As of 15 November 2014, US rapper Lil Wayne (b. Dwayne Carter, Jr) had placed more singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart than any other act - 124. "Weezy" made his Hot 100 debut with "Back that Thang Up" (1999), and his 124th hit was as a featured artist on Nicki Minaj's "Only" (2014). In total, Lil Wayne has appeared on the Hot 100 as a lead artist 45 times, with 79 appearances as a featured artist.
11279Oldest comic book artistKenneth “Ken” Bald94 215 year(s), month(s), day(s)United States, 04 March 2015The oldest comic book artist is Kenneth “Ken” Bald (USA, b. 1 August 1920), who, after illustrating comic books, comic strips, movie posters, and TV storyboards for over 83 years, continues doing commissioned sketches of comic superheroes for his fans as of 4 March 2015, aged 94 years 215 days.At the age of 10, in the spring of 1931, Ken won a poster contest in school. It was of a young boy with his dog fishing, a can of worms at his side. Later that year, Ken became a “commercial artist” when a magazine paid him five dollars for a cartoon he submitted. Bald went on to attend Pratt Institute and, after graduation, landed a job at Jack Binder’s Studio, drawing and inking the main superhero figures and becoming Art Director at 21. After serving with the Marines as a Captain during World War II, Bald worked for Goodman Publications, which would later become Timely and eventually Marvel Comics. Bald worked on comic book characters including Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, Namora, Sun Girl, Miss America, Millie the Model and Blonde Phantom. In the 1950s, Bald began drawing Judd Saxon for King Features Syndicate and in 1962, Bald started the Dr. Kildare strip, based on the popular television series starring Richard Chamberlain. Bald also created another television-inspired comic strip, Dark Shadows. After working in the comic industry, Bald went on to become creative director at a New York City studio where he illustrated TV storyboards until his retirement in 2004. Bald still keeps busy by doing commissioned superhero drawings for his fans and attending comic conventions. For more information about Ken Bald, go to:
11280Oldest person to climb Everest (male)Yuichiro MiuraNepalThe oldest man to ascend Everest is Yuichiro Miura (Japan, b. 12 October 1932), who reached the summit on 23 May 2013 at the age of 80 years 223 days. On his descent, he was helicoptered from Camp 2 to Kathmandu. This is the third time that he has held this record: he previously reached the highest point on Earth as the world's oldest summiteer in 2003 and again at 2008.

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