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John’s Believe It Or Not… May 28th

In 1934 – Birth of Dionne Quintuplets. In 1961 Appeal for Amnesty campaign launches. In 1937 Volkswagen is founded. In 1987 Matthias Rust lands his plane in Red Square. In 2014 Author Maya Angelou dies.

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* 1934 – Birth of Dionne Quintuplets: Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne. (The quintuplets, born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne at Corbeil, Ontario, near Callander, May 28, 1934. The Dionnes were the first surviving quints in history; two months premature, each weighed less than two pounds and together they weighed only 10 lbs in total a week after birth. Allan Roy Dafoe, the doctor who delivered the babies, also became a celebrity, when he arranged to make them wards of the Ontario government, under his supervision, in a virtual theme park called Quintland, across from the parents’ home east of North Bay. Over 3 million people – up to 6,000 a day – came to watch them play behind a one-way screen; they endorsed hundreds of products ranging from Quaker Oats to Beehive corn syrup to Lysol before they were returned to their parents in 1943 after a long custody battle. Their family reunion was bitter and the surviving sisters have recently claimed they were sexually abused by their father. They also started a suit against the Ontario government for a portion of their trust fund, but recently settled for $3 million. three films were made about the Quints: The Country Doctor (1936), Reunion (1936) and Five of a Kind (1938). Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 28th”