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.

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