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20 People Who Did Great Things After Fifty

Updated June 18, 2020 4.1k votes 868 voters 67.5k views20 items

List RulesVote for the most incredible accomplishments of people after they turned 50.

Many people feel that by the age of 50, they have done everything they should in life. But, in reality, being "over the hill" is only a state of mind. In fact, many people have accomplished amazing things after they turned 50, things that many people half their age couldn't even do. What have people accomplished after turning 50? What kinds of great accomplishments, inventions, and notable feats have older people done?

Whether it's brought about by a mid-life crisis or circumstances that had prevented them from going after their dreams before, these people did not let the failing of the body or the troubles of aging stop them from accomplishing great feats.

Climbing mountains, finishing marathons, inventing new gadgets, winning awards, going into outer space - these individuals have done it all. So don't count these senior citizens out just yet!

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  • The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn made history again when, at the age of 77, he became the oldest person to travel in space. He rode the space shuttle Discovery, and, over the course of nine days, the shuttle orbited Earth 134 times

    Glenn served as payload specialist, participating in various experiments to test how his 77-year-old body responded to the weightless environment.

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  • Colonel Sanders was 65 years old when he received his first Social Security check. It was then that he made a decision that he needed to change his life. With his chicken recipe, he took action and traveled the nation until someone took a chance on him, and Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.

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  • Grandma Moses, the spry, indomitable "genuine American primitive" who became one of the country's most famous painters turned out her first painting at the age of 76. She took up painting because arthritis had crippled her hands so that she no longer could embroider.

    Later, her art was hanging at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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    Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch Went to The North Pole, at Age 89

    In 1980, Davenhill (a former soldier), along with her husband and daughters, began extensive world travels. In August 2004, at age 89, she reached the North Pole and was designated by by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to reach the remote destination.

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