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Happy Birthday, Jimmy Carter!

The former president is 91 years old.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, turned 91 on Thursday.

Carter announced that his melanoma, initially discovered in his liver, had spread to his brain, during a press conference in August. He said his diagnosis would give him and his wife, Rosalynn, a chance to slow down.

"We thought about [cutting back] when I was 80," Carter said. "We thought about it again when I was 85. We thought about it again when I was 90. So this is a propitious time, I think, for us to carry out our long-delayed plans."

Despite his diagnosis, Carter appeared optimistic and stated he would push back a scheduled trip to Nepal. Recently, he was caught on the Kiss Cam at an Atlanta Braves game kissing his wife.

The couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in July. Carter has referred to his marriage to Rosalynn as "the pinnacle of [his] life."

Jimmy Carter turned 91 on Oct.1, 2015.
Jimmy Carter turned 91 on Oct.1, 2015.

The 39th president and Nobel Peace Prize winner became a prolific humanitarian and public figure after leaving office in 1981.

If you’re in Atlanta on Carter's birthday, you can visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum for a reduced admission, in honor of Carter, of just 91 cents. 

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