April 10 is also known as National Siblings Day, an unofficial holiday that celebrates the relationships between brothers and sisters. The holiday began in 1995 when a woman named Claudia Evart lost her own brother and sister at very young ages due to tragic accidents. According to the Siblings Day Foundation website, Evart wanted to start the holiday to emphasize how “important and precious sibling relationships are.”
Now, the holiday is a chance for siblings to celebrate their relationships with one and other.
In honor of National Siblings Day, here are three famous sibling pairs from Connecticut.
The D’Amelio sisters
Tik Tok-famous sisters Charli and Dixie D’Amelio were born and raised in Norwalk. Between the two of them, the sisters have a collective 207 million followers on Tik Tok today.
The D’Amelio sisters grew to new levels of internet fame at the start of the pandemic when Tik Tok was experiencing extreme growth. Charli became known for her dance videos and quickly grew to become the most-followed person on the platform. Dixie began growing in popularity with the fame of her sister and now is a singer and songwriter.
The sisters’ fame has translated into their family’s success, who now has its own Hulu series called “The D’Amelio Show.” The sisters also have their own line with clothing brand Hollister called Social Tourist.
Their father, Marc D’Amelio, is a former Connecticut politician.
Shibutani ‘ShibSibs’ ice dancing duo
Olympic ice dancing duo Alex and Maia Shibutani both grew up and learned to skate in Greenwich. The sibling pair, cleverly dubbed the “ShibSibs” took its first steps toward Olympic ice dancing fame at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink in Byram.
The ice dancing pair won two bronze medals at the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics and has two bronze medals and one silver medal from various World Championships.
According to their website, the ShibSibs were the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Olympics. Additionally, they are just the second sibling duo in the history of ice dancing to medal.
In December 2022, the siblings were elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, also known as the Winklevoss Twins, are notorious for their $65 million settlement from a lawsuit with Facebook back in 2008. The twins were raised in Greenwich.
The duo’s lawsuit is famously chronicled in the 2010 film, “The Social Network,” which showed the Winklevoss twins’ and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s interactions at Harvard University and the events leading up to the suit. Both brothers were played by Armie Hammer in the movie.
Cameron and Tyler originally sought Zuckerberg’s programming knowledge to create a platform to help people connect virtually. Zuckerberg agreed to help the twins work on their platform that they called “HarvardConnect,” but he eventually began to focus on his own, similar project called thefacebook.com. Afer Zuckerberg launched The Facebook, the Winklevoss twins filed a lawsuit alleging their idea was stolen by Zuckerberg.
In 2008, the twins received $20 million in cash and $45 million in Facebook stock in a settlement with the company. The twins invested the winnings from their suit into Bitcoin and became among the first-ever Bitcoin billionaires.
Karen and Richard Carpenter of musical duo The Carpenters were born and raised in New Haven.
Karen was born in 1950 and Richard was born in 1946. The siblings stayed in New Haven until 1963, when their family moved to Downey, California.
Karen and Richard signed to A&M Records in 1969 as “The Carpenters.” According to Billboard, The Carpenters had 3 No. 1 hits: “Top Of The World,” “Please Mr. Postman,” and “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” the latter of which spent 4 weeks at No. 1.
The siblings would go on to be nominated for 18 Grammy Awards and win three of them: Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
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