The Dionne Quintuplets National Historic Event
Calendar of the Dionne Quintuplets
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Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
The Dionne Quintuplets
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Birth and survival of five identical, premature and undersized infants
On 28 May 1934, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie were born to a Franco-Ontarian family in this house, when it was located in Corbeil, Ontario. Midwives Douilda (Donalda) Legros and Mary-Jeanne Lebel, and Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe delivered the quintuplets. The premature birth of five identical, undersized infants was complicated by limited access to medical equipment and facilities. Their birth and survival was an international sensation, bringing intense attention to the “Quints,” who were separated from their parents Elzire and Oliva by the authorities for most of their childhoods and exhibited to tourists from around the world.