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Today in History: The Five Little Quints

Thursday, May 28, 2009


On May 28, 1934, five identical girls were born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne in Ontario, Canada. The Dionne girls were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. The government determined their parents were unfit to be their guardians and made them wards of the state. They became a tourist attraction to rival the Niagara Falls, were visited by Hollywood stars and became part of popular lore.

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The Quints at a religious event.
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The Quints in Toronto to see Queen Elizabeth.
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Ontario Premier Mitchell Hepburn with Dionne quintuplets.

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