OTD: Dionne quintuplets born in Ontario village

On today’s date in 1934, in the tiny village of Corbeil, Ont., five identical baby girls were born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne.

At birth, the combined weights of Yvonne, Annette Marie, Cécile and Émilie was only 6.06 kilograms. The quintuplets were kept in a water-heated incubator for the first month of their lives because there was no electricity or running water in their tiny farmhouse near North Bay, Ont.

The trade token was valued at $1 at participating North Bay businesses.

There is a one-in-57-million chance of giving birth to identical quintuplets and even less of a chance of them surviving; however, the Dionne children survived into adulthood and became the first quintuplets to survive for more than just a few hours.

Leave a Reply

Keep up to date with the numismatic community

Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Canadian Coin News


Canadian Coin News is Canada's premier source of information about coins, notes and medals.

Although we cover the entire world of numismatics, the majority of our readers are Canadian, and we concentrate on the unique circumstances surrounding collecting in our native land.

Send Us Your Event

Running an event? Send it to us and we will display it on Canadian Coin News!

Submit Event →

Subscribe To 26 Issues For Just $49.99/year

Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier coin publication. Canadian Coin News is available in both paper and digital forms.

Subscribe Now

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.