The first known surviving quintuplets in the United States were born on Sept. 14, 1963 in Aberdeen.
The quintuplets, four girls and a boy, were slated to celebrate their 50th birthdays Saturday in Aberdeen.
Mary Ann, Mary Catherine, Mary Magdalene and James Andrew also were slated to attend the wedding Saturday 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, N.D., says it's the quints' first birthday without their mother. He says the time since her death has been difficult.
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