University of Missouri journalism student Ali Colwell noticed the discrepancy in news stories reporting on the death of the North Korean dictator:
This mix-up is apparently due to some confusing birth records. According to Soviet Records, his date of birth is February 16, 1941. But according to his North Korean records, his date of birth is February 16, 1942.
Here’s how The New York Times dealt with the uncertainty: “The North has indicated he was 69 years old, but scholars have said he could have been a year older.” || Related: Newspaper front pages show different treatments of Kim Jong Il’s death (The Huffington Post)