Odd Language #44: Jim Flaherty’s Triplets

Jim Flaherty, a former finance minister for Canada, recently died. Kamloops This Week, 2014-04-11, p. A3: “Flaherty is survived by wife Christine Elliott, herself a member of the Ontario legislature, and their triplet sons–John, Galen and Quinn, all born in 1991.”

The issue: While it is possible for twins, triplets, etc. to be born on different days, is it really necessary to make this point in an obituary article?