Conjoined Twins: Galyon

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Conjoined Twins: Galyon Gender: M
Ronald and Donald Galyon
born on 28 October 1951 at 05:20 (= 05:20 AM )
Place Dayton, Ohio, 39n46, 84w12
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 04°11' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 06°37 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 13°24'


American conjoined twins, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon were the oldest living set of conjoined twins in the world according to the 2009 Guinness World Records, and, as of 29 October 2014, possessed the world record for the longest-lived conjoined twins in history when they surpassed prior record holders Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci.

They were born joined from the sternum to the groin and shared a set of organs. After a two-year stay in hospital, it was determined that they could not be safely separated. Local schools deemed the twins a distraction, so they were not formally educated, resulting in their lifelong functional illiteracy.

With nine children to support, their father Wesley took the twins on the road as a sideshow attraction, exhibited throughout the U.S. and later in Latin America. Their tours made them celebrities and provided an income with which they supported their family.

In 1991, after three decades in entertainment, the pair retired and moved into their first independent home in Dayton, Ohio, in a house purchased with sideshow earnings. They were active in the community and lived a largely normal life by means of a custom double wheelchair. Although retired from show business, the twins made numerous television appearances.

In 2009, Ronnie developed a life-threatening infection in his lungs, which quickly endangered both twins. After their hospitalization, they required round-the-clock care. The twins died in hospice in their native Dayton, Ohio on 4 July 2020 at age 68.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Retired 1991
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2009 (Ronnie developed a lung infection)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Siamese Twins Are Reported Progressing," Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio), 30 Oct 1951, page 1.


  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Nine children)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Sideshow attraction)
  • Personal : Birth : Conjoined twins
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Circus/ Animal acts (Sideshow attraction)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Sideshow attraction)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Notable : Awards : Guinness Book of Records
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes