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Associated Press, Published September 14 2013

First surviving US quintuplets celebrate turning 50 at home in SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. — The first known surviving quintuplets in the United States were born on Sept. 14, 1963, in Aberdeen.

The quintuplets, four girls and a boy, are celebrating their 50th birthdays today in Aberdeen.

Mary Ann, Mary Catherine, Mary Magdalene and James Andrew were slated to attend the wedding of their sister, Mary Margaret.

The quintuplets’ mother, Mary Ann Fischer, died in December at age 79. The 1963 event brought intense media interest in the family.

James Fischer of Fargo says it's the quints’ first birthday without their mother. He says the time since her death has been difficult.