Anyone living in Cape Town during the seventies knew about the six babies that were born on January 11, 1974. The three boys (David Peter, Grant Vincent, Jason Solomon) and three girls (Emma Louise, Nicolette Anne, Elizabeth Rebecca) were born by caesarian section.
The Rosenkowitz sextuplets were born at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, in Cape Town South Africa. Their total birth weight was 24 lb 1 oz (10.9 kg), with individual birth weights ranging from 2 lb 6 oz (1.1 kg) to 4 lb 6 oz (2.0 kg). They were the first sextuplets known to have been born alive anywhere in the world.
The sextuplets became instant celebrities with journalists from across the world clamoring to report on the challenges of caring for six newborns. Throughout their early childhood, their progress was closely followed by the South African media.