People: Sep. 14, 1981

Known variously as "the Lion," "the Great Crocodile," "the Bull," "Son of the She Elephant," "the Great Mountain" and "the Inexplicable," King Sobhuza II, 82, became the leader of Swaziland the year Warren G. Harding moved into the White House. Last week, on the 60th anniversary of the old Lion's rule—the longest of any living monarch—he was feted by countrymen and visiting dignitaries. Heralded as much for his libido as his longevity, Sobhuza is said to have more than 100 wives and is well on his way to earning another moniker: "Father...

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