Dionne quintuplet returns to birth home after 2 decades
All 5 were taken from their parents by government, generating $500M for the province
Surrounded by children, one of the two surviving Dionne quintuplets walked through the door of the house she was born in for the first time in decades.
A plaque was unveiled to commemorate the national historic significance of the birth of the quintuplets during a ceremony Sunday in North Bay, Ont.
Annette Dionne says she was honoured to attend the ceremony and to see so many people still interested in the quintuplets' story. Cecile Dionne, the other surviving sibling, was not able to attend the ceremony due to health issues.
The Dionnes became international sensations after they were born on May 28, 1934, as they were the only known quintuplets at the time to survive for more than a few days.
More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony and had the opportunity to take pictures with Dionne and visit the house, which was brought to North Bay in 1985 and turned into a museum.
Nipissing--Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota said the historic designation provides an opportunity to connect with the past and that he encourages Canadians to learn more about the Dionne quintuplets place in history.
All five sisters were taken from their parents by the Ontario government and were turned into a tourist attraction for the first nine years of their lives, bringing in about $500 million to the province.
By the 1990s, three surviving Dionne sisters received a $4 million settlement from the province after they alleged the
government mismanaged a trust fund Ontario created for them.