In honor of the UN’s International Day of Families, we present the hyrax–a species with a rather surprising family tree. Found throughout much of the African continent, this cozy family was photographed in Kenya’s Mara North Conservancy, a private conservation area just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve. The furry mammals are often mistaken for rodents, but they’re more closely related to the elephant and manatee. Hyraxes even sport tusk-like incisors like their elephant cousins. To stay warm, the species spends much of its time sunbathing, an activity which makes them vulnerable to predators. But even hyrax families look out for one another—and a male hyrax will stand guard to watch for potential threats.
Lived: Aug 25, 1919 – Sep 13, 1998 (age 79)
Height: 5′ 7″ (1.70 m)
Spouse: Lisa Taylor (m. 1981 – 1987) · Cornelia Wallace (m. 1971 – 1978) · Lurleen Wallace (m. 1943 – 1968)
Parties: Dixiecrat · Democratic Party
Education: University of Alabama · University of Alabama School of Law
Previous offices: Governor of Alabama (1983 – 1987) · Governor of Alabama (1971 – 1979) · Governor of Alabama (1963 – 1967)Highlights
- 1943: George Wallace married Lurleen Wallace on May 21, 1943; their marriage lasted 25 years till May 07, 1968.
- 1962: In the wake of his defeat, Wallace adopted a hard-line segregationist stance and used this stand to court the white vote in the next gubernatorial election in 1962.
- 1963: Wallace took the oath of office on January 14, 1963, standing on the gold star marking the spot where, nearly 102 years earlier, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America.
- 1966: He felt somewhat vindicated when Republicans in Idaho denied renomination in 1966 to Governor Robert E. Smylie, author of the article entitled “Why I Feel Sorry for Lurleen Wallace.”
- 1982: In the 1982 Alabama gubernatorial Democratic primary, Wallace’s main opponents were Lieutenant Governor George McMillan and Alabama House Speaker Joe McCorquodale.
- 1998: Wallace died of septic shock from a bacterial infection in Jackson Hospital in Montgomery on September 13, 1998.
Wallace standing against desegregation while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach at the University of Alabama in 1963
(1972) Assassination attempt fells US presidential candidate.
Also on this day,
1793 | Early flying machine
1928 | Mickey Mouse
1986 | “Raising Hell” released