My mother and her fraternal twin sister are 95 today!
Scientists now question the belief that twins run in families, but they seem to run in ours. In addition to my mother being a twin, my paternal grandmother was an identical twin, and there was at least one set of twins in my paternal grandfather’s family tree (boys). And a set of 4–year-old boy twins, great-grandsons of my mother’s youngest sister, keeps the tradition going.
Back in 1920, twins weren’t all that common, but if you think they’re become increasingly more common, you’re right. Statistical record keeping began early in the early twentieth century, and at that time, the chances of a North American family having twins was one in fifty. It’s now one in thirty, but that’s still way behind Central Africa. In Nigeria/Benin twins occur in 5% of all births. And the official world record for multiple births goes to Russia, where, in 1782, a 75-year-old peasant named Feodor Vassilyev was reputed to have fathered eighty-seven children, amongst whom were twenty-two sets of twins (sixteen with his first wife, six with his second), nine sets of triplets (seven with his first wife, two with his second), and four sets of quadruplets (first wife). I’d give you the names of the wives, but they don’t seem to have been recorded. HE seems to have been the one presented to the Empress of Russia for this ‘remarkable achievement’.
Some historically famous twins kids might be interested in learning more about:
Esau the dumb & Jacob the treacherous (Biblical)
Romulus & Remus, (twin founders of Rome)
Alexander & Cleopatra (not famous of themselves, but most people have heard of their parents, Cleopatra and Mark Antony)
James II, King of Scotland & Alexander, Duke of Rothesay
Chang & Eng Bunker (the world’s longest living conjoined twins)
Gin Kanie & Kin Naita (Japan’s longest living twins)
Ronald & Reginald Kray (criminal twins)
Ross & Norris McWhirter (compilers of the Guinness Book of Records)