The most famous children born in the entire year of 1997 celebrate a birthday today, November 19. Five of those now young-adults live in Hannibal.

The McCaughey septuplets are 21-years-old today. They made a huge splash on the scene when they were born in '97 in Des Moines, Iowa. The nation was riveted by their story. The tiny babies, along with their parents Bobby and Kenny McCaughey were featured in news reports everywhere, including a feature in TIME magazine.

Today, five of the McCaughey septuplets attend school at Hannibal-LaGrange University. Joel, Alexis, Nathan, Kelsey and Natalie sat down for an interview with the Quincy Herald-Whig to talk about their experiences. When they were born, the family was showered with gifts. Diapers for two years, a van, even a new house. At that time, HLGU offered the kids a free education. Only Kenny and Brandon opted for a different path.

Life has quieted down considerably for the family since 1997. Acting on the advice of the parents of the famous Dionne quintuplets,  the McCaughey's tried to raise their children away from the spotlight. November 19 is their day to shine though. Happy 21st birthday Kenny, Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel!

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