The Dionne quints were born May 28, 1934. They are the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy. They are the only female identical set of five ever recorded. The sisters were born just outside Callander, Ontario, Canada, near the village of Corbeil.
The quint girls were born two months premature. After four months with their family, they were made wards of the king for the next nine years under Dionne Quintuplets Guardianship Act, 1935. The government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario. The last I knew of them, there were two of the quints that were still living.
The family, headed by father Oliva and mother Elzire lived outside of Callander at a farmhouse. The Dionnes were farmers. They had five previous children and another died shortly after birth.
Four months after the quints were born, the Ontario government intervened and the custody of the five babies were withdrawn from the parents. They were put under the guardianship of Dr. Dafoe and two others.
The Dafoe Hospital and Nursery was built across from where they were born. Approximately 6,000 people per day visited the observation gallery to see the girls. Altogether, over 1 million people got to see the quints.
In 1998, the sisters reached a monetary settlement with the Ontario government.
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